Tony Cloninger

Tony Cloninger pitched in the Major Leagues from 1961-1972 for the Milwaukee and Atlanta Braves, Cincinnati Reds and the St Louis Cardinals. His career record  is 113-97.

His best years were with the Milwaukee Braves winning 19 games in 1964 and 24 games in 1965.  His 24 wins are the most wins in a season by a Milwaukee Braves pitcher.

In 1966 his wins dropped  to 14.  However, he was amazing with the bat that year.   During a two month stretch he did the following:

June 16 : Three hits, two of which were home runs and  five runs batted in!

June 20:  Two singles and two runs batted in.

July 3:  Three hits, two of which were grand-slam home runs and  nine runs batted in!

That’s sixteen runs batted in in a seventeen day span

July 14:  Two hits one of them a double and one run batted in.

July 29: Two hits, a double and a home run and two runs batted in.

August 2: Two singles

August 15: Two singles.

Cloninger even stole a base that year.

Injuries caused Cloninger to miss much of the next season. A year after that the Braves traded him to the Reds at the trading deadline.  

Cloninger was never the same pitcher again, but will always be remembered as the first player in the National League to hit two grand-slam home runs in the same game.

Tom Zocco

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