Clipping:The AA woos Cleveland to stay
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|Date||Wednesday, November 14, 1888|
President Chris Von der Ahe floated in and out of town yesterday afternoon. He came at 3:30 and left at 7:30 and during the four hours he was busily engaged with Secretary Davis Hawley and Treasurer G. W. Howe of the Cleveland club. What passed those gentlemen treat as they have, to date, treated the Detroit-Cleveland deal, with an excuse that for business reasons the facts must be kept secret. But Von der Ahe isn’t a silent man and Von der Ahe’s mission is easily told when dovetailed with the information that on Monday afternoon at Cincinnati Aaron Stern, representing Cincinnati, C. Von der Ahe for St. Louis, W. Walz for Baltimore and W. Davidson for Louisville met with President Wikoff of the association, who voted Brooklyn’s and Kansas City’s proxies and agreed to make the percentage system a law for the season of 1889, visiting clubs to receive 25 per cent. of the gate reciepts. It was also agreed to have a shorter championship season and the meeting gave out the alleged fact that three applications had been made for the vacancy caused by the withdrawal of the Cleveland club.
Von der Ahe came here to convey the greetings of the association to the Cleveland club and say unto its officers that the new law had been made for Cleveland’s benefit and request them to stay in the association. The answer was easily given. There is no weakening on the Cleveland club’s league stand, if the league does not give it cause to weaken by qualifying the terms of its franchise. Every business reason impels it toward the league. Higher class ball, players and larger profits lie there, and thither Cleveland is going, if she can do so with safety and justice to herself. So that Mr. Von der Ahe’s mission was a failure.
|Source||Cleveland Plain Dealer|
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|Submitted by||Richard Hershberger|
|Origin||Initial Hershberger Clippings|
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