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Joseph Myles Blong

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". . . regarded as one of the greatest all-around players on the diamond." - from Joe Blong's obituary in Sporting Life, Sept. 24, 1892

Joe Blong was born and died in St. Louis, MO, and played his major league career there as well. He was in the National Association in 1875 and in the National League in 1876 and 1877. A two-way player, he was below average in both hitting and pitching, although he was sure-handed in the outfield. In 1877 he went 10-9 on a team that played under .500.

One source says he was removed from the team in 1875 (along with Trick McSorley) for "crooked play". Flint and McSorley. However, see below.

A web page about Joe Blong says he attended the University of Notre Dame in the 1860's along with his brother, where they both played on the baseball team. Afterwards, Joe played on amateur teams in St. Louis with his brothers, two of whom had played on the St. Louis Brown Stockings team before it joined the National Association.

The page says that Blong, McSorley, and others left the Brown Stockings to go to the Covington Stars. Joe's brother Andy was part of the Brown Stockings management, and most likely had a role in the move. So it's not completely clear whether Joe engaged in crooked play or whether that was an accusation which came about in the midst of an angry break-up. In any case, after a short while in Covington, Joe left the club under unclear circumstances to go play in Indianapolis.

Blong was again kicked out of baseball in 1877, accused of crooked play along with several players, including Davy Force. Force came back, but Blong never did. He played with other (apparently amateur) teams thereafter.

Blong holds the career record for most innings pitched without allowing a home run. He went 320 1/3 innings without allowing a dinger.

Source: Joe Blong.

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