This date in Kernels alumni history – September 11, 1965 – Tony Cloninger (Cedar Rapids Braves – 1959)

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On September 11, 1965, Tony Cloninger (Cedar Rapids Braves – 1959) pitched a complete game shutout to lead the Milwaukee Braves to a 9-0 win over the New York Mets. Cloninger struck out three while allowing one hit and four walks. He even helped himself at the plate going 1-3 with a HR and three RBI.

Tony Cloninger finished his career with a 113-97 mark and an ERA of 4.07 during his 12 years playing with the Braves, Reds and Cardinals. Cloninger was regarded as a tough fireball pitcher and 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…

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