Joe Blong, of the Unions, who has been suffering from a sore shoulder, asked for his release yesterday, and was given it.-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, April 13, 1884
And thus endeth the baseball career of Joseph Myles Blong. I think. By 1886, he was working full-time as a clerk for the government and it doesn't appear that he was playing ball. But it wouldn't surprise me if Blong was kicking around on some amateur club in St. Louis in the mid to late 1880s. He didn't turn 31 until September of 1884 so he was still a relatively young man. But as far as major league baseball was concerned, this was the end for Joe Blong.