On April 29, 1964, Tony Cloninger (1959 – Cedar Rapids Braves) threw a complete game shutout while only allowing one hit and one walk to earn the victory. Cloninger struck out five as the Milwaukee Braves defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 1-0.
Tony Cloninger finished his career with a 113-97 mark and an ERA of 4.07 during his 12 years with the Braves, Reds and Cardinals. Regarded as a tough fireball pitcher,
Cloninger was also a dangerous power hitter. 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…
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