The matter of expelled players was taken up at the adjourned session Nov. 3, when the League's enactments in regard thereto were adopted, with an understanding to the effect that while the American Association would always refuse to hire players expelled by the League for drunkenness, dishonesty or any venal offense, they would not recognize the League's right to hold or expel players because they were "reserved." It was argued that nobody had the power, or should have it, to compel men to sign a contract when they did not wish to. If a player has not hired with a League club, whether "reserved" or not, the American Association will support their clubs in hiring him. The unanimous opinion of all, however, was to extend the right hand of fellowship to the League, and not to be antagonistic in any respect, while adopting a more liberal policy. The two organizations can protect each other, and players under a contract to a club in the one cannot be spirited away by a club in the other, while the two organizations, playing in different cities, cannot be considered rivals. The adoption of a ball for use in championship games was next considered, propositions having been received from Shibe of Philadelphia and Mahn of Boston, but the matter was laid over until the next meeting, as was also the contract for publishing the official book of the association. A private contract was signed by the delegates by which the various clubs could play games on Sunday and other days as they desired. This was done especially for the benefit of Cincinnati, St. Louis and Louisville, where a great source of revenue is derived from such contests. The home club is required to pay the umpire. The championship will be decided by the percentage of games won, and not by the number won. Every club playing the season out will be entitled to have counted every schedule game it plays. Thus, if a club be disbanded and another substituted during the progress of the season, no club will lose any of the games it has played with the defunct club.
The following officers for the ensuing years were elected: President, H.D. McKnight, Pittsburg; vice-president, J.H. Pank, Louisville; secretary and treasurer, Jas. A. Williams, Columbus; directors, Justus Thorner, Cincinnati; Charles Fulmer, Philadelphia; Wm. H. Barnie, Brooklyn; and C. Von der Ahe, St. Louis, with the president ex-officio. The delegates' choice of officers augurs favorably for the success of the American Association. H.D. McKnight is a wealthy young iron merchant of Pittsburg, and was one of the founders of the old International Association. J.H. Pank is a secretary and treasurer of one of the largest commercial companies of Louisville, and is an enthusiastic supporter of baseball in that city. James A. Williams, who was well known as the secretary of the old International and National Associations, holds a prominent position under the Ohio State Government. Justus Thorner is an influential citizen of Cincinnati, and is prominently identified with baseball in that city, being one of its most liberal supporters. Christian Von der Ahe is president of the Sportsman's Association of St. Louis, which controls the ball ground in that city. He is a wealthy German, and takes great interest in the national game. Charles Fulmer and William H. Barnie are well known and respected as professional players. O.P. Caylor, of Cincinnati, and William H. Barnie were appointed a committee to prepare a draft of the playing-rules, and Secretary Williams was authorized to prepare a schedule of games, and report it at an adjourned meeting to be held the second Monday of next March in Philadelphia. The secretary was also instructed to draw up a form for a player's contract, with the provise that some rights should be reserved therein to the player as well as to the club. It was agreed to respect all contracts made with players by clubs up to date, and it was announed that some of the clubs had already signed players. The meeting also decided to allow the managers of clubs to take a seat with the players in the ground. In the case of Charles Jones the American Association decided to stand by him and recommended his reinstatement by the League. If there are six clubs in the association each team will play sixteen games with the others; with eight in, the championship series will be twelve games to each club. The opinion prevailed that at its next meeting the American Association should openly ask the League to join with them in all movements looking toward the popularizing and protection of the national game of baseball. After tendering a vote of thanks to the proprietors of the Gibson House, the meeting was adjourned until the second Monday in March, 1882, at the Continental Hotel in Philadelphia, when the playing rules and schedule will be adopted and other business transacted. Nothing could have been more harmonious than this first meeting of the American Association.
-New York Clipper, November 12, 1881
For those of you who don't feel like reading the whole article, let me pull out the part that described Von der Ahe:
Christian Von der Ahe is president of the Sportsman's Association of St. Louis, which controls the ball ground in that city. He is a wealthy German, and takes great interest in the national game.