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Tony Cloninger
Born: August 13, 1940 (1940-08-13) (age 69)
Cherryville, North Carolina
Batted: Right Threw: Right 
MLB debut
June 15, 1961 for the Milwaukee Braves
Last MLB appearance
July 22, 1972 for the St. Louis Cardinals
Career statistics
Win-Loss record     113-97
Earned run average     4.07
Strikeouts     1120

Tony Lee Cloninger (born August 13, 1940 in Cherryville, North Carolina), is a former Major League Baseball starting pitcher who played for the Milwaukee and Atlanta Braves (1961-68), the Cincinnati Reds (1968-71), and the St. Louis Cardinals (1972). He batted and threw right-handed.

A power pitcher, Cloninger compiled a career 113-97 record with 1120 strikeouts and a 4.07 earned run average in 1767.2 innings pitched. He enjoyed his best year for the 1965 Braves with career highs in wins (24), strikeouts (211), ERA (3.29), complete games (16), innings (279) and games started (40).

Regarded as a tough fireball pitcher, Cloninger was also a dangerous power hitter. He compiled a career batting average of .192, with 67 runs batted in (RBI) and eleven home runs, including five in the 1966 season. On July 3, 1966, in an Atlanta Braves' 17-3 win over the Giants at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, Cloninger helped his team's cause with two grand slams, driving in a total of nine runs, the ninth coming on a run-scoring single. Cloninger became the first player in the National League, and only pitcher to date, to hit two grand slams in the same game, also setting a major league record for pitchers with his nine runs batted in.[1]

Cloninger finished his career pitching with Cincinnati and St. Louis. After retiring, he served as a pitching coach for the Yankees and Red Sox.

See also

External links


  1. ^ Remington, Alex. "Cards' Chris Carpenter Hits Grand Slam in Postseason Tuneup". Yahoo! Sports. October 1, 2009.
Preceded by
Ralph Treuel
Boston Red Sox Pitching Coach
Succeeded by
Dave Wallace

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