Kuo-Chian Ku

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Kuo-Chian Ku (古國謙)

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 8", Weight 154 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Kuo-Chian Ku was an Olympic Silver Medalist whose career ended in scandal.

Ku played for Taiwan in the 1985 World Junior Championship, 1986 World Junior Championship, 1989 Asian Championship, 1989 Intercontinental Cup and 1990 Goodwill Games. In the 1990 Baseball World Cup, he hit .393/.433/.500 as Taiwan's starter at third base. He also appeared in the 1990 Asian Games. In the 1992 Olympics, Kuo-Chian went 0 for 8 with two runs and one error as a backup shortstop, corner outfielder and pinch-runner. In the Gold Medal game, he replaced Wen-Chung Chang in right field in the 5th inning as Chang moved to first base to replace Kuang-Shih Wang. Ku went 0 for 3 against Giorge Diaz in a 11-1 loss.

Ku turned pro with the China Times Eagles in 1993 and hit .257/.280/.336 with 20 steals. He tied for fourth in the Chinese Professional Baseball League in swipes but was also gunned down running 17 times. In '94, Ku batted .240/.279/.317. The next year, he put up a .286/.323/.366 line with 16 steals in 24 tries; he was 4th in the CPBL in stolen bases. He ended his career in 1996 by batting .247/.296/.321 with 16 steals in 22 attempts. Ku was then banned from the CPBL for his involvement in the gambling scandal that destroyed the Eagles.

Overall, Ku had hit .258/.295/.335 and fielded .934 in four seasons in the CPBL.