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Alumni Hall of Fame
Athletic Achievement (2007)

Galen B. Cisco

Galen B. Cisco, a native of St. Marys, is a member of the Memorial High School Class of 1954. Mr. Cisco has notably distinguished himself as an outstanding athlete on the high school, collegiate, and professional levels.

While a student at Memorial High School, Cisco was a two – sport star athlete, playing both football and baseball. In baseball, he was an outstanding pitcher and a member of the 1954 Western Buckeye League Championship baseball team. This team also qualified and participated in the state baseball tournament. In football, he played on offense as a fullback and on defense as a linebacker. He was the Captain of the 1953 Western Buckeye League Championship football team and was awarded recognition as Outstanding Player of the League and was on the All Star Offensive and Defensive Teams.

After graduation from Memorial High School, Mr. Cisco attended The Ohio State University. As a Buckeye, he was a two - sport star athlete, playing both football and baseball. In football, he was a fullback on offense and a linebacker on defense. Galen played for the legendary head football coach of The Ohio State University Buckeyes, Mr. Wayne Woodrow “Woody” Hayes. In 1955, Cisco was a member of the Big Ten Conference Championship Buckeyes football team. In 1957, Mr. Cisco was the Co-Captain of the Big Ten Conference and National Championship Ohio State University Buckeyes football team that finished with a record of 9 - 1. This team was also the 1958 Rose Bowl Champions. In baseball, Mr. Cisco earned All – America and All Big Ten Conference Honors. As a Buckeye pitcher, he compiled a career record of 12 – 2. Mr. Cisco graduated from The Ohio State University in 1960 after balancing a schedule that included academics, coaching freshmen football for the Buckeyes, and pitching in minor league baseball. In 1995, Galen Cisco was elected to the Ohio State University Athletic Hall of Fame as both a football and baseball player.

Mr. Cisco became a Major League Baseball Player as a pitcher, notably a curve ball specialist. He was signed by the Boston Red Sox in 1958 and would make his Major League debut in 1961. During his seven year playing career, which ended in 1969, Cisco pitched for the New York Mets and Kansas City Royals baseball organizations. He pitched in the longest game, by time, in Major League Baseball history. It was the May 31, 1964, game between the New York Mets and San Francisco Giants. The game lasted seven hours and twenty three minutes and twenty three innings.

Following his playing career, Mr. Cisco spent 31 years coaching in Major League Baseball as a respected pitching coach. He was a coach with the Kansas City Royals, Montreal Expos, San Diego Padres, Toronto Blue Jays, and Philadelphia Phillies baseball organizations. During his tenure with the Toronto Blue Jays, they won three consecutive American League Titles from 1991 – 1993 and won the World Series Championship in 1992 and 1993. Mr. Cisco retired from Major League Baseball in 2000. In 1965, the St. Marys Rotary Club established the Galen Cisco Award, which is awarded annually to the St. Marys Little League’s Most Valuable Player.

Mr. Cisco for his outstanding and superior athletic achievement at the high school, collegiate, and professional levels serves as an example to every child in the St. Marys community and beyond that dedication and hard work can allow one to achieve their dream of playing in the big leagues.

The above text, in its entirety, is embossed on a St. Marys Memorial High School Alumni Hall of Fame plaque permanently on display in Memorial High School.
Galen B. Cisco
Galen Cisco spoke following his induction into the St. Marys Memorial High School Athletic Achievement Hall of Fame, Oct. 13, 2007, Holy Rosary Catholic Church Hall.

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