Chris Von Der Ahe is doing a great deal of mischief if he pays, as alleged, all the fines imposed by umpires on the kicking members of his team. This action nullifies the rules entirely.
-New York Clipper, June 18, 1887
Von der Ahe was a complicated man with many different sides to him. Like I mentioned, he had a temper. He could be difficult to work with. But he was also extremely generous and kind-hearted. He was a flawed man but, I believe, a good man. He was like a lot of us, who struggle to hear the better angels of our nature.