Joe Blong, at one time...identified with the great national game, has passed from this life into that beyond the great dark curtain of which no man knows. He was thirty nine years and six months of age and in the days of the old Red Stockings in this city was looked upon as the greatest all around player on the diamond. He played professionally with the early St. Louis Reds and was one of the best known figures in base ball circles throughout the country. He recently had a brief engagement with the Lucas Union Association, which was his last on the diamond.-The Sporting News, September 24, 1892
A couple of interesting things here. First, according to Baseball Reference, Blong was born on September 17, 1853 and died on September 17, 1892, making him exactly thirty nine years old when he died. So it's possible that B-R has Blong's date of birth wrong. Secondly, I have a reference to Blong playing with "the Union reserves" against the Maroons in April of 1884, which was the first game ever played at the Union Grounds. I had assumed that Blong was trying and failed to make Lucas' new club and this reference to Blong's "brief engagement" with the Maroons seems to confirm that.