Why do I need more info on the Atlantic Club? I could tell you just to come back next Monday to find out but I'm not a cruel man. The Atlantic Club was, essentially, the precursor to the Reds. A couple of the core players played with the Atlantics, going back to 1870. And another club that had several of the core members of the Reds on it - the St. Louis Juniors - also seemed to have been affiliated with the Atlantics in some form that I'm not exactly certain about at the moment. I have all of this information but I just need to get it organized in its own file (and, probably, fill in some blanks).
So rather than bang out something that I wasn't going to be happy with, I'm going to take the next few days to pull all the information together and research what I think I need but don't have. Then I'll sit down and bang it out.
That's probably how this is going to go for awhile. Bang out a chapter and post it. Then take some time to get organized for the next chapter before writing it up. That's not set in stone and I think this is going to get easier once I get to the 1874 season but we're a long way from that.
If I had to give you an outline, it would look something like this:
2. the origins of the club/brief bios on Morgan/Peters/Blong/Dillon/McSorley
3. the 1873 season
4. the Compton Avenue Grounds
5. the 1874 season
6. the decision to join the NA
7. the 1875 season to July
8. the 1875 season after July
9. the 1876 season/Pud Galvin
10. McNeary pulls the plug
11. some kind of afterward/what happened to everyone
That's the most basic of outlines and, really, everything is up in the air after this coming chapter. I know what I want to do and how I want to get there but I'm sure there are going to be surprises along the way. So nothing is set in stone.
As far as the McNeary chapter is concerned, I'm pretty happy with it. I got all of the information out that I wanted to share and made all of the points I wanted to make. It certainly needs to be edited a bit because I think there are a couple of clunky transitions and the thing is full of my writing idiosyncrasies which even I find annoying (and, Lord knows, I can't imagine how you feel about them). The notes need to be cleaned up a bit but the way that I work in longer pieces is that I fix all of that in editing. As they are now, they give the necessary information but I'll go all Chicago Manual of Style on it later. If you need more information about a certain source or the bibliography, just get in touch with me and I can give you anything you need. But, all and all, I'm happy with it and happy with the direction this is going.
So, as of now, the plan is that, over the course of this week, I'll get the notes on this chapter organized and then bang it out. Then I'll start posting it a week from today. This is a huge project and probably the biggest that I've taken on. While I like to post everyday and feel a bit guilty when I don't, the nature of this project is going to change how I post. Basically, you're going to get this in real time. I'm going to bang out a chapter and post it. Bang out another chapter and post. Until I'm done. That's what I'm doing and I'm going to stop apologizing for it. I will keep you posted on what's going on and what the schedule is like but this is the project I'm working on and the only project I'm working on. This is how I'm doing and the it's the only way I know how to do it.
I hope you guys liked the McNeary piece and are interested in the history of the Reds. Not that I care about it but traffic has been way up over the last week so it seems that people are reading it. That's cool. But the bottom line is that this is something that I care about. It's a project that I want to do. It's fun for me. So just hang on and bear with me. All good things come to those who wait.