Blong and McSorley of the St. Louis Red Stocking nine have been expelled from that club, as will be seen from the appended letter:
Editor New York Clipper. - Last week the St. Louis "Reds" got ready to go to Quincy, Ill., to play a couple of games, and they went; but the third-baseman, John McSorley, failed to be on hand to accompany the club. And since returning from Quincy, I have learned that McSorley, like Blong, had jumped from St. Louis to the Stars of Covington; and, as both of the players mentioned have been expelled from the St. Louis "Reds." This is to notify other clubs that neither of the players can be engaged next year, unless reinstated by the Judiciary Committee of the Professional Association. The St. Louis "Reds" will remain in existence until the close of the season, and next year they will be in the field again. Very Respectfully,
Thomas McNeary, Prest. St. Louis "Reds."
-New York Clipper, September 11, 1875
The context of the letter is that Joe Blong, Trick McSorely and Packy Dillon had all left the Reds, in the middle of the 1875 season, for the Covington Stars. Charlie Sweasy, the captain, would also leave the club in September. The Reds just didn't make any money in 1875 and the players were being paid a percentage of the gate. The team wasn't winning; they weren't drawing fans; and the players weren't making any money. So a lot of them left. The entire thing had fallen apart by the first week of July, when Blong left. The Reds were unable to schedule any more games against clubs in the National Association and were forced to play lesser clubs, such as Quincy.
The whole thing was a bit of a disaster and here we have Tom McNeary trying to see that some form of justice was enacted against his former players. Nothing ever really came of that but I think McNeary was certainly within his rights to see the National Association punish the jumpers.