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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Cloninger's two slams in one game are NL first
By Larry Schwartz
Special to

July 3, 1966

Just 2 weeks ago, Atlanta Braves pitcher Tony Cloninger hit two homers in a game. Today, he does it again, but enjoys it even more as both homers are grand slams. He is the first National Leaguer to hit two slams in a game and is the only pitcher to ever accomplish the feat.

The 6-foot, 200-pound right-handed hitter also knocks in another run to set a modern major league record for pitchers with nine RBI during the Braves' 17-3 rout of the Giants at Candlestick Park.

Both slams come with two outs. The first, on a 3-2 pitch from Bob Priddy, clears the center-field fence to cap a seven-run first inning. The second is an opposite-field liner off Ray Sadecki that sails over the right-field fence in the fourth inning.

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