Cloninger in 1962.
August 13, 1940 |
Cherryville, North Carolina
|June 15, 1961, for the Milwaukee Braves|
|Last MLB appearance|
|July 22, 1972, for the St. Louis Cardinals|
|Earned run average||4.07|
|Career highlights and awards|
Tony Lee Cloninger (born August 13, 1940), 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 1,120 strikeouts and a 4.07 ERA in 1,7672⁄3 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 also was a dangerous power hitter. He compiled a career batting average of .192, with 67 RBIs and 11 home runs, including five in the 1966 season. On July 3, 1966, in the Braves' 17–3 win over the Giants at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, Cloninger helped his team's cause with two grand slams and nine RBIs. Cloninger became the first player in the National League, and the only pitcher to date, to hit two grand slams in the same game.
Cloninger finished his career pitching with Cincinnati and St. Louis.
After retiring, he served as a bullpen coach for the New York Yankees (1992–2001), where he was a member of five American League champions and four World Series champion teams, and pitching coach for the Boston Red Sox (2002 through early 2003). He was forced to step down from the latter post when he underwent successful treatment for bladder cancer, which had been diagnosed in spring training. In 2015, Cloninger began his twelfth consecutive season as a player development consultant for the Red Sox.
- List of Major League Baseball leaders in career wins
- Batters with two grand slams in the same baseball game
- Baseball record holders
- "Battery's history-making slams boost Giants".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
- Whisnant, Gabe, '"Cloninger Reflects on Tenure with Steinbrenner's Yankees," The Shelby Star, July 16, 2010
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or The Baseball Cube
- Baseball Library profile
|New York Yankees bullpen coach
|Boston Red Sox pitching coach