Co-captain and fullback for Ohio State's 1957 national collegiate football champs,
the curveballing Cisco had little success with Boston and was released on waivers
to the 1962 Mets. In the longest game, by time, in ML
history (the 7:23, 23-inning
Mets-Giants marathon of 5/31/64), he worked the last nine innings, shutting out San
Francisco the first eight, then yielding two runs to lose 8-6. In three-plus years
with the Mets, he was 18-43. He later became a respected ML pitching coach.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»September 28, 1962:
Only 595 fans show up at Wrigley Field to watch the Cubs turn back the Mets, 32. Toth beats Galen Cisco.
»May 31, 1964: The Mets and Giants square off in a doubleheader that starts at one p.m. and doesn't conclude until 11:25 p.m. After Juan Marichal's 53, first-game win, San Francisco holds a 61 lead in the 2nd until New York rallies for five to tie in the 7th. The big blow is Joe Christopher's 3-run homer that bounces off Willie Mays' glove over the fence. Eventually, with two out in the 23rd, pinch hitter Del Crandall delivers a run-scoring double off Galen Cisco, and the Giants prevail 86 after seven hours and 22 minutesa record. Crandall ended the first post midnight game ever played in the N.L., while catching for the Boston Braves in 1949. Gaylord Perry pitches 10 scoreless innings to get credit for the win. Thirty-two innings and an elapsed time of nine hours and 50 minutes are doubleheader records, as are 47 strikeouts. New York's 22 K's in the 2nd game are the most by one club in an overtime contest.
»September 23, 1964:
The Mets surprise the Cards and Roger Craig, 21, scoring the winner on an error. The Cards only run is Bill White's homer off Galen Cisco. Cards manager Johnny Keane is quoted as saying he has no idea whether he will be asked to return as Cards manager next year.
»October 4, 1964:
The Phils bomb the Reds 100 as both teams finish one game behind St. Louis. The two teams then sit in the visitor's clubhouse and hope that New York's Galen Cisco (618) can stop the Cards. The Mets take a 32 lead into the 5th inning, but St. Louis scores three runs to regain the lead. The Mets score once more but the Cardinals complete their scoring with three in the 8th to win 115. Bob Gibson wins in relief. For St. Louis, it is their 1st pennant since 1946.