Galen Cisco

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Galen Bernard Cisco

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Biographical Information[edit]

Galen Cisco pitched seven seasons in the majors. He later was a longtime pitching coach.

Cisco attended Ohio State University, where he was a fullback on the football team and 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 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, going 6-19 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 back to Boston's system. After playing just a handful of games for the Red Sox in 1967, he joined 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 spent the next three seasons (1985 to 1987) with the San Diego Padres before spending 1988-1989 as pitching coach of the Syracuse Stars. He spent some time on the 1988 Toronto Blue Jays staff, returning as pitching coach from 1990 to 1995, then spent one year with the Las Vegas Stars in 1996. He 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, was drafted in 2008, and another grandson, Drew, was drafted two years later. His sons, Jeff and Galen Cisco, Jr., also played in the minors. Cisco currently resides in Celina, Ohio.

Blue Jays Pitching Coaches
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Al Widmar Galen Cisco Mel Queen
1990 to 1995

Further Reading[edit]

  • Les Masterson: "Galen Cisco", in Bill Nowlin and Dan Desrochers, eds.: The 1967 Impossible Dream Red Sox: 'Pandemonium on the Field', SABR, Rounder Books, Burlington, MA, 2007, pp. 165-169. ISBN 978-1-5794-0141-2

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