Plank, Eddie

Edward Stewart Plank
Born: August 31, 1875, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Died: February 24, 1926, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Played For: 
Philadelphia Athletics (1901-1914), St. Louis Terriers (1915), St. Louis Browns (1916-1917)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Veterans Committee: 1946

Eddie Plank's 326 victories rank third-most all time among lefties behind Warren Spahn and Steve Carlton, and he posted more shutouts and completed more games than any other left-hander. A finesse pitcher with a sidearm sweeping curveball, Plank never played baseball before prep school and joined the Athletics after playing for Gettysburg College in 1901. He pitched in the Majors for 17 seasons, winning 20 games eight times and helping the A's to six pennants in the new American League.

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Did You Know: 
that Eddie Plank, a native of Gettysburg, Pa., worked offseasons at Gettysburg National Military Park as a battlefield tour guide?
Plank was not the fastest, not the trickiest and not the possessor of the most stuff; but he was just the greatest.
Eddie Collins