Eddie Plank

Eddie Plank

Original Name Edward Stewart Plank
Gettysburg, Adams County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 24 Feb 1926 (aged 50)
Gettysburg, Adams County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Gettysburg, Adams County, Pennsylvania, USA
Plot Section X, Lot 219, Grave 1
Memorial ID 3777 · View Source
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Hall of Fame Major League Baseball Player. Signed by the Philadelphia Athletics as a 25 year old rookie out of Gettysburg College in 1901, he was the winningest lefthander in Major League history until Warren Spahn. Pitching mostly for Connie Mack's great Philadelphia A's teams, he won 327 games between 1901 and 1917. Eddie was famous for his sidearm curve known as the "cross-fire" that cut across the plate at an angle disconcerting to batters. Although The A's had other pitchers that were more glamorous like Rube Waddell and Chief Bender, Plank was the work horse and a consistent winner year in and year out. Connie Mack considered Plank to be the greatest lefthanded picher ever, and the consistent winner of his Philadelphia teams. Babe Ruth considered Eddie Plank to be the toughest pitcher he ever had to face, and Ty Cobb ranked him as the greatest lefthanded pitcher of the pre-war era. By the time his career ended with the St.Louis Browns in 1917, he had acrued a 327-193 won-loss record, with a remarkable 2.34 era, 69 shutouts (fifth all-time), and 412 complete games. He was very unlucky in World Series play, only because he usually went head to head with fellow Pennsylvanian Christy Mathewson. His World Series record was only 2-5 with a 1.32 era over 54 innings. A serious, self-contained man, he was deliberate on the mound, often talking to the baseball before he threw it. He was well respected and loved by his teammates, especially fellow pitchers Chief Bender and Jack Coombs and second baseman Eddie Collins. After his retirement, he pitched in the Bethleham Steel League and later opened a Car Dealership in Gettysburg.

Bio by: Frank Russo

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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Eddie Plank (31 Aug 1875–24 Feb 1926), Find a Grave Memorial no. 3777, citing Evergreen Cemetery, Gettysburg, Adams County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .