Tony Cloninger Stats

Tony Cloninger was born on Tuesday, August 13, 1940, in Lincoln County, North Carolina. Cloninger was 20 years old when he broke into the big leagues on June 15, 1961, with the Milwaukee Braves. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Tony Cloninger baseball stats page.

"That's his (Tony Cloninger) pitch, the hard one. His fastball is in the same class with Bob Gibson's , Bob Veale's , Jim Maloney's , Don Drysdale's , and those fellows. He's not a finesse man yet. When he gets to be, he'll be one of the great ones." - Milwaukee Braves Manager Bobby Bragan in Sport (February 1966, Page 13)
Tony Cloninger

Tony 'The Rock Springs Rifle' Cloninger Autograph on a 1962 Topps Baseball Card (#63 | <a href='../baseball_cards/baseball_cards_oneset.php?s=1962top01' title='1962 Topps Baseball Card Checklist'>Checklist</a>)
Tony 'The Rock Springs Rifle' Cloninger Autograph on a 1962 Topps Baseball Card (#63 | Checklist )

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Birth Name:
Tony Lee Cloninger
Nickname:
Tony-C or The Rock Springs Rifle
Born On:
08-13-1940  (Leo)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Lincoln County, North Carolina
Year of Death Data Died On:
07-24-2018 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Denver, North Carolina
Cemetery:
Denver United Methodist Church Cemetery, Denver, North Carolina
High School:
Rock Springs High School (Denver, NC)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
6-00
Player Weight Chart Weight:
210
First Game:
06-15-1961 (Age 20)
Last Game:
07-22-1972
Draft:
Not Applicable / Signing Bonus = $100,000
Tony Cloninger

Tony Cloninger Pitching Stats

G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
1961 21 Braves 19 10 4 7 2 .778 5.25 3 0 0 84.0 363 84 49 49 16 33 1 51 7 1 4 -
1962 22 Braves 24 15 2 8 3 .727 4.30 4 1 0 111.0 483 113 53 61 10 46 1 69 5 1 0 -
1963 23 Braves 41 18 11 9 11 .450 3.78 4 2 1 145.1 622 131 61 68 17 63 12 100 11 2 2 -
1964 24 Braves 38 34 2 19 14 .576 3.56 15 3 2 242.2 997 206 96 112 20 82 9 163 13 3 0 -
1965 25 Braves 40 38 2 24 11 .686 3.29 16 1 1 279.0 1,180 247 102 115 20 119 5 211 22 3 1 -
1966 26 Braves 39 38 1 14 11 .560 4.12 11 1 1 257.2 1,132 253 118 134 29 116 9 178 27 6 0 -
1967 27 Braves 16 16 0 4 7 .364 5.17 1 0 0 76.2 337 85 44 50 13 31 4 55 5 0 0 -
1968 28 Braves 8 1 4 1 3 .250 4.26 0 0 0 19.0 80 15 9 9 0 11 2 7 1 0 0 -
1968 28 Reds 17 17 0 4 3 .571 4.04 2 2 0 91.1 407 81 41 49 7 48 6 65 6 3 0 -
1969 29 Reds 35 34 1 11 17 .393 5.03 6 2 0 189.2 854 184 106 123 24 103 4 103 14 5 2 -
1970 30 Reds 30 18 4 9 7 .563 3.83 0 0 1 148.0 637 136 63 69 10 78 6 56 7 4 0 -
1971 31 Reds 28 8 5 3 6 .333 3.88 1 1 0 97.1 410 79 42 42 12 49 3 51 1 4 0 -
1972 32 Cardinals 17 0 4 0 2 .000 5.19 0 0 0 26.0 122 29 15 17 2 19 3 11 0 1 0 -
G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
12 Years 352 247 40 113 97 .538 4.07 63 13 6 1,767.2 7,624 1,643 799 898 180 798 65 1,120 119 33 9 -
Tony Cloninger

Tony Cloninger Hitting Stats

G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
1961 21 Braves 19 30 4 5 0 0 0 0 4 1 0 6 2 0 0 0 .167 .194 .167
1962 22 Braves 24 39 1 4 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 9 2 0 0 2 .103 .103 .128
1963 23 Braves 41 37 2 5 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 8 5 0 0 0 .135 .158 .135
1964 24 Braves 38 87 9 21 0 0 0 0 7 0 0 20 11 0 0 0 .241 .241 .241
1965 25 Braves 41 105 12 17 3 2 1 0 8 0 0 25 7 2 0 1 .162 .159 .257
1966 26 Braves 47 111 12 26 5 0 5 2 23 2 0 22 2 0 2 1 .234 .261 .414
1967 27 Braves 16 25 1 5 1 0 0 0 4 1 0 10 0 0 0 0 .200 .231 .240
1968 28 Braves 8 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1968 28 Reds 21 34 6 7 2 0 2 0 8 1 0 5 3 0 0 0 .206 .229 .441
1969 29 Reds 36 72 10 12 1 0 1 0 5 3 0 26 3 0 0 1 .167 .200 .222
1970 30 Reds 30 47 7 10 2 0 2 0 3 0 0 16 2 0 0 1 .213 .213 .383
1971 31 Reds 28 27 1 7 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 10 2 0 0 0 .259 .259 .296
1972 32 Cardinals 17 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
12 Years 366 621 65 119 16 2 11 2 67 9 0 161 39 2 2 6 .192 .205 .277
Tony Cloninger

Tony Cloninger Fielding Stats

POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
1961 Braves P 19 10 252 27 1.4 27 11 16 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.89
1962 Braves P 24 15 333 29 1.2 28 10 18 1 3 n/a n/a n/a .966 2.27
1963 Braves P 41 18 436 26 0.6 25 8 17 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .962 1.55
1964 Braves P 38 34 728 57 1.5 55 14 41 2 1 n/a n/a n/a .965 2.04
1965 Braves P 40 38 837 62 1.6 56 15 41 6 2 n/a n/a n/a .903 1.81
1966 Braves P 39 38 773 65 1.7 57 14 43 8 1 n/a n/a n/a .877 1.99
1967 Braves P 16 16 230 14 0.9 14 3 11 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.64
1968 Braves P 8 1 57 5 0.6 5 1 4 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.37
1968 Reds P 17 17 274 23 1.4 22 11 11 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .957 2.17
1969 Reds P 35 34 569 35 1.0 32 9 23 3 3 n/a n/a n/a .914 1.52
1970 Reds P 30 18 444 46 1.5 44 13 31 2 5 n/a n/a n/a .957 2.68
1971 Reds P 28 8 292 22 0.8 20 4 16 2 3 n/a n/a n/a .909 1.85
1972 Cardinals P 17 0 78 8 0.5 8 1 7 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.77
POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
P Totals 352 247 5,303 419 1.2 393 114 279 26 20 n/a n/a n/a .938 2.00
12 Years 352 247 5,303 419 1.2 393 114 279 26 20 n/a n/a n/a .938 2.00
Tony Cloninger

Tony Cloninger Miscellaneous Stats

SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
1961 Braves 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 5.0 7.5 1.55 5.46 3.54
1962 Braves 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 4.3 13.0 1.50 5.59 3.73
1963 Braves 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 4.6 37.0 1.59 6.19 3.90
1964 Braves 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 4.4 12.4 1.99 6.05 3.04
1965 Braves 0 0 .000 0 1 n/a 105.0 4.2 13.1 1.77 6.81 3.84
1966 Braves 1 1 .500 7 1 n/a 22.2 5.0 4.8 1.53 6.22 4.05
1967 Braves 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.5 6.3 1.77 6.46 3.64
1968 Braves 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.0 0.0 0.64 3.32 5.21
1968 Reds 0 0 .000 4 0 n/a 17.0 6.8 4.3 1.35 6.41 4.73
1969 Reds 1 0 1.000 1 0 n/a 72.0 2.8 14.4 1.00 4.89 4.89
1970 Reds 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 23.5 2.9 15.7 0.72 3.41 4.74
1971 Reds 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.7 27.0 1.04 4.72 4.53
1972 Cardinals 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 1.5 0.0 0.58 3.81 6.58
SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
12 Years 2 1 .667 12 2 n/a 56.5 3.9 9.3 1.40 5.70 4.06
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Tony Cloninger Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1961 Milwaukee Braves 40 Undetermined - -
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1972 St. Louis Cardinals 25 Undetermined - -


Did you know that Tony Cloninger, on July 3, 1966 , became the first pitcher in Major League history to hit two grand slams in the same game ? Did you know Cloninger is also the only pitcher ever to accomplish the feat in baseball history through today, the first player from the National League ever to hit two slams in one game , and Tony tied the Major League mark for most RBIs in a game by a pitcher - all in that same game? Do you want even more trivia? Did you know that the National Baseball Hall of Fame has a Denis Menke bat (pictured below) from the historic game because Tony borrowed his bat that day?
Denis Menke Bat / Tony Cloninger Two Grand Slams Game
Denis Menke Bat | Tony Cloninger Two Grand Slams Game | July 3, 1966

The Milwaukee Braves (1953-1965) had three different pitchers who were twenty-game winners ; Warren Spahn (23-7 in 1953, 21-12 in 1954, 20-11 in 1956, 21-11 in 1957, 22-11 in 1958, 21-15 in 1959, 21-10 in 1960, 21-13 in 1961 and 23-7 in 1963), Lew Burdette (20-10 in 1958 & 21-15 in 1959) and Tony Cloninger (24-11 in 1965). The year after Tony won twenty-four games, the Braves moved from Milwaukee to Atlanta leaving Tony the single season record holder for most wins in a year by Milwaukee Braves pitcher.

1966 Atlanta Braves Opening Day Game
1966 Atlanta Braves Opening Day Game | The Danville Register | April 12, 1966
On April 12, 1966 , at Atlanta Stadium, the Atlanta Braves played their first game in team history after the move from Milwaukee. Tony Cloninger was the sole pitcher during that historic 13-inning Opening Day game, lost it 3-2, and said, "I was excited about going to Atlanta, about being able to pitch not too far from my North Carolina home. It just didn't work out too good for me. Even after going 13 innings on opening day, I still think I would have been all right if I hadn't had to come back on four day's rest against the Mets." Cloninger was inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in 2004 ( link Eddie Mathews , Hank Aaron , Warren Spahn , Joe Torre , Pete Rose , Johnny Bench . So many of them."

When the first Braves season in Atlanta was complete, Tony-C had "thrown" twenty-seven wild pitches, a team record for the Atlanta Braves through today, and the most in franchise history since Kid Nichols (1890-1906), who threw thirty wild pitches in 1890!

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