Mr. Joseph Blong, the Red Stocking pitcher, left for Cincinnati on Monday night (June 28, 1875), where he intends playing the remainder of the season with the Stars, of Covington, a club which the Reds lately defeated by a score of seventeen to nothing. Blong has treated the Red Stocking management very badly. He was retained at the close of last season for the reason that it was the desire to keep as many of the original Reds together as possible. This season he made somewhat of a reputation as a pitcher, and, as often occurs, success was his ruin. He could not stand praise, and thought that the Reds could not get along without him. But in this he erred. Aside from the dishonorable manner in which Blong seceded, he was legally bound to play with the Red Stockings throughout the season, having signed a contract to that effect in the presence of witnesses...-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, June 30, 1875
Manager McNeary will use his utmost endeavor to have Blong expelled from the professional association, in which case his occupation will be gone. This is the first case of revolvency that has occurred in St. Louis, and the player should be punished, in order to prevent a repetition of the jumping process in future.
Blong was the only inharmonious element in the club, and his withdrawal will strengthen it, as Dan Morgan, the original Red Stocking pitcher, will occupy that position in future, Ellick taking his place at center field.