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Brian Golden geared up for baseball in college by swimming; Saw five pro campaigns

Brian Golden 1990 Erie Sailors card

Gettysburg College athlete Brian Golden played two sports in his college years. He played baseball - and he swam on the Gettysburg swimming team, The Gettysburg Times wrote in February 1987.

For Golden, one sport as supporting the other, he told The Times.

"One of the big reasons I have stayed with the sport (swimming) is for the conditioning," Golden told The Times. "It gets me geared up for the baseball season."

Golden eventually got geared up enough to turn pro. His pro career saw five seasons. He topped out at short-season.

Golden's career began in 1988, taken by the Cardinals in the 34th round of the draft out of Gettysburg.

At Gettysburg, Golden struck out 15 as a freshman in an April 1985 win. He went 19-11 in his college career, with a 2.94 ERA. 

After the draft, Golden didn't immediately hear of his selection that Friday, he told The Times

"Then, as I was taking a shower Saturday morning, my parents came running in like two excited kids, holding a telegram and told me to open it right away," Golden relayed to The Times. "I haven't been able to climb down from cloud nine since then. This is something I have always strived for, just a chance to see what I could do in the pros."

Golden started with the Cardinals at rookie Johnson City. He went 1-2 over 17 outings, three starts. He ended with a 4.57 ERA. 

He took the loss in a June game where he gave up three runs in the first inning, The Johnson City Press wrote. "I got the ball up too much," Golden told The Press of that first inning.

Golden moved to short-season Hamilton for 1989. He went 2-2 there, with a 4.34 ERA over 29 relief outings.

For 1990, he signed with co-op short-season Erie. He saw 20 outings, one start. He went 1-2, with a 7.39 ERA.

Golden is then credited as playing in two more seasons, but not until 1995 and 1996. A native of Pine Bush, N.Y,, he played at two independent New York teams, Sullivan in 1995 and Catskill in 1996 to end his career.

Brian Golden 1990 Erie Sailors card

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:4,229
Made the Majors:1,385-32.8%
Never Made Majors:2,844-67.2%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:562
10+ Seasons in the Minors:345

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