Galen Cisco

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Galen Cisco pitched for seven years in the majors and later was a longtime coach.

Cisco attended Ohio State University, where he was a fullback on the football team and was a captain on the 1957 squad which won the national championship. He began his baseball career in the Boston Red Sox organization in 1958 and reached the majors with the club in 1961. Late the next season, he was waived by Boston and picked up by the New York Mets, who were struggling to a 40-120 record in their inaugural season.

Cisco made 51 appearances for the Mets in 1963, winning 7 games, and lost 19 games the next year, despite posting a respectable 3.62 ERA. on May 31, 1964, he pitched 9 innings of relief against the San Francisco Giants, giving up 2 earned runs in the 23rd inning to take the loss. Back in the minors in 1966, he moved on to the Boston Red Sox organization. After playing just a handful of games for the Red Sox in 1967, he moved on to the Kansas City Royals in 1969 for his last taste of big league ball.

After his playing days, Cisco was a big league coach for nearly 30 years. He was a member of the Kansas City Royals staff from 1971 to 1979 and then was a Montreal Expos coach from 1980 to 1984. He then spent the next three seasons (1985 to 1987) with the San Diego Padres before spending 1988 with the Toronto Blue Jays. He returned to the Jays as pitching coach from 1990 to 1995 and ended his career as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies staff from 1997 to 2000. With both Montreal and San Diego, the manager was Dick Williams.

Cisco was elected to the Ohio State Athletic Hall of Fame as a football and baseball player in 1995. His grandson, Mike Cisco, was drafted in the 2008 amateur draft, and another grandson, Drew Cisco, was drafted two years later. His sons, Jeff Cisco and Galen Cisco, Jr. also played in the minors. Cisco currently resides in Celina, Ohio.

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