There is a feeling of intense disgust at base ball headquarters in [Cleveland] over the fact that Chris Von der Ahe, after being yanked to Pittsburg much as a murderer or bank robber might be taken, should have been allowed to go to ail for the want of a few hundred dollars. Such a thing would not have occurred in Cleveland if the base ball writers here themselves had been obliged to raise the money to keep the brave old Teuton from going behind the bars.
Even this would have been unnecessary, for, as Captain Tebeau put it to-day, "the players now in Cleveland know enough of what Von der Ahe has done for the game and for the men who played it in the past to not stand idly by and see him chucked into the prison cell if he had been in trouble here instead of in Pittsburg."
-Sporting Life, February 19, 1898
Those sentiments and attitudes regarding Von der Ahe are something that has been lost over the last hundred years. Von der Ahe is remembered as a buffoon and an embarrassment who squandered his fortune and had his club taken away from him. He's not remembered as the man who created the modern St. Louis professional market and who helped make the game accessible to the working class fan. He's not remembered as the man who founded the club that would become the St. Louis Cardinals. But people like Patsy Tebeau and Al Spink knew the man and they knew what he had done for the game of baseball.