The Atlantics in 1868 fielded essentially the same squad as they had in 1867, plus Jack Chapman, returning to the club after a year with the Quaker City nine. Given the long association and familiarity, the group of veterans should have worked together harmoniously with each other. The Atlantics, however, were not known for harmony, and continued to court a reputation as a troublesome bunch that often unraveled when things went badly. Still, they remained one of the top clubs in the United States, and would continue to compete for the championship until the establishment of the first professional league.
The Atlantics' 1868 season was noteworthy in a number of respects. First, they played far more games than ever before, finishing with a record of 47-7, a far cry from the five games played in 1862. A second notable achievement was the first lengthy tour in the club's annals. The Atlantics left Brooklyn in mid-June and spent nearly a month on the road, visiting several cities in upstate New York, Ohio, MIchigan, Ilinois, Wisconsin, Missouri, Indiana, and Kentucky. They ventured into Canada to play the Young Canadians at Woodstock, Ontario...Overall, the Atlantics won 16 of the 17 games they played on the road, losing only to the Niagara Club of Buffalo by a 19-15 margin. Among the victories was a convincing 40-27 win over Harry Wright's Red Stocking Club of Cincinnati on July 6. The Atlantics also made a number of brief excursions beyond the New York metropolitan area. Their destinations included upstate New York, Boston, Washington, and Philadelphia, and the results included a surprising 27-19 loss to the National Club of Albany on August 10.
On September 10 and October 5, the Atlantics decisively defeated the Unions of Morrisania 31-7 and 24-8. The two victories gave them temporary possession of the championship. The glory was short-lived, however, for before the season ended the Atlantics were in turn defeated twice (25-22 and 28-17 on October 10 and 26) by the Mutuals of New York, who ended the year with their first title.
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