From SABR members Mike Bates and Bill Parker at This Week in Baseball History podcast on February 7, 2018:
On February 7, 1898, St. Louis Browns owner Chris von der Ahe left to dine at a local hotel. He never arrived, instead spirited away to Pittsburgh. Mike looks at von der Ahe’s strange and inspiring life from his early days as a German immigrant to his kidnapping/arrest to his ultimate downfall. It’s a story of inspiration and hubris that wound up shaping the early history of the professional game.
Listen to the full podcast here: http://thisweekinbaseballhistory.libsyn.com/episode-35-the-kidnapping-of-chris-von-der-ahe
Originally published: February 7, 2018. Last Updated: February 7, 2018.