Galen Cisco

Galen Cisco

Galen Cisco
Born: (1936-03-07) March 7, 1936 (age 78)
St. Marys, Ohio
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
June 11, 1961 for the Boston Red Sox
Last MLB appearance
September 7, 1969 for the Kansas City Royals
Career statistics
Win–loss record 25-56
Earned run average 4.56
Innings pitched 659

Galen Bernard Cisco (born March 7, 1936 in St. Marys, Ohio) is a former pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for three different teams between 1961 and 1969. Listed at 6' 0", 200 lb., Cisco batted and threw right-handed. He was signed by the Boston Red Sox in 1958 out of Ohio State University.

A two-sport star, Cisco earned All-America and All-Big Ten honors and was a captain on the 1957 Ohio State Buckeyes football team, which won the national championship with a 9-1 record, playing both fullback and linebacker. As a pitcher for the Buckeyes, he compiled a career record of 12-2.

A curveball specialist, Cisco entered the Majors in 1961 with the Boston Red Sox, playing one-and-a-half years for them before joining the New York Mets (1962-1965), again with Boston (1967), and the Kansas City Royals (1969). In a seven-season career, he posted a 25-56 record with a 4.56 ERA in 192 appearances, including 78 starts, nine complete games, three shutouts, two saves, and a 1.16 strikeout-to-walk ratio (325-to-281).

Following his playing retirement, Cisco became a respected pitching coach for the Royals, Montreal Expos, San Diego Padres, Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies. He spent six seasons with the Blue Jays (1990-1995), helping his team to won three consecutive American League East Division titles (1991–93) and two World Series (1992–93). Under his tweaking and guidance, Paul Byrd, Robert Person and Randy Wolf developed as starters with the Phillies (1997-2000).

Currently, Cisco resides in St. Marys, Ohio.

Awards and recognitions

  • In 1995, Cisco was elected to the Ohio State Athletic Hall of Fame as a football and baseball player.
  • The St. Marys Rotary Club annually sponsors the presentation of the Galen Cisco Award. To be eligible for the award, a baseball player must be twelve years old (the last year of Little League eligibility), and voted by his teammates to be Team Most Valuable Player.

See also

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from The Baseball Cube
  • Baseball Library
  • Retrosheet
  • Philadelphia Phillies coaches
  • The Galen Cisco Award
  • Ohio State Buckeyes Hall of Fame
Preceded by
Bob Lemon
Kansas City Royals pitching coach
Succeeded by
Billy Connors
Preceded by
Jim Brewer
Montreal Expos pitching coach
Succeeded by
Larry Bearnarth
Preceded by
Norm Sherry
San Diego Padres pitching coach
Succeeded by
Pat Dobson
Preceded by
Al Widmar
Toronto Blue Jays pitching coach
Succeeded by
Mel Queen
Preceded by
Johnny Podres
Philadelphia Phillies pitching coach
Succeeded by
Vern Ruhle