"St. Louis Sportsman's Park and Club (Christ. Von der Ahe)" was read on the docket of the Second District Police Court yesterday, and after it, under the head of "Alleged Offenses," the words "Base ball, cricket, etc., without license." Lovers of sport assembled to hear all about it, but they were disappointed, for the case was continued until the 12th, next Wednesday.
-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, October 9, 1881
Maybe I'm getting a bit cynical in my old age but I'm going to guess the problem here was that somebody forgot to pay somebody off. And since the problem is never mentioned again, I'm thinking at some point somebody did indeed get paid.