Sunday, September 12, 2010

George Munson's Obituary

George Munson, one of the best known sporting authorities in the country and for four years secretary and manager of the old St. Louis Browns Baseball Club, died [in St. Louis] last night of double pneumonia. During Munson's service with the club, the Browns won the pennant four consecutive years. Munson came here from New York in 1883.

In the days when Chris Von Der Ahe, the quaint old owner of the St. Louis Browns, four-time pennant winners, was in the heyday of his career as a baseball magnate, George Munson was secretary of the St. Louis club. He was the man who successfully advertised the Browns and who looked after the financial business of the club, something for which Von Der Ahe was unfitted, except in the way of reckless disbursements.

At that time Munson was one of the best known and most popular men in baseball. He had more friends than any club official in the league and was the best "hustler" in the National League.

Munson and Von Der Ahe parted about the time the latter inaugurated his policy of employing cheap teams and selling all his good players. Von Der Ahe's downfall was rapid after Munson left him and he is now old and penniless.

Munson became publisher of the Horse Show Monthly, a St. Louis publication, and branched out in the advertising business in which he was successful up to the time of his death. He and Von Der Ahe was lavishly entertained in St. Louis last spring by Charles Comiskey, owner of the Chicago White Sox, who was the first baseman of the Browns when they were champions.
-Dallas Morning News, March 16, 1908

Munson died on March 14, 1908 and I'm just going to pass on commenting about the way Von der Ahe is portrayed in this article because sometimes even I get tired of beating a dead horse.

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