McNeary's baseball team was not a great club and they never won a championship. They were, however, exciting, popular, and competitive. They will never be forgotten for the simple fact that they played in the first major league baseball game in St. Louis history. The Reds are an important part of St. Louis baseball history and so was Thomas McNeary, because the Reds were his club. They were not just the Red Stockings or the Reds or the Pony Reds; they were the McNeary Reds.
i New York Times, September 23, 1893.
Note: Short and sweet today. There were a few more things I was going to point out about McNeary's life but decided that the end of this chapter wasn't the place to do it. Call it an editorial decision. Most of that information is about stuff that happened to McNeary after 1876. So I'm going to put all of that stuff - Uhrig's Cave, the opening of another tavern on Washington, the death of his mother, selling the ballpark to his brother, etc - in another chapter at the end of all of this. I just cut all of that out because we have other people to talk about.
To that end, next week we'll start a new chapter and talk about the core of the club and how it came together. I'm shooting for Monday but don't be surprised if I don't have something up till Wednesday.