Eddie Plank was a great baseball pitcher for the Philadelphia Athletics. He was born in Gettysburg on August 31, 1875 and grew up on a farm. He never played baseball until he was encouraged to try out for the Gettysburg College team. Plank pitched for Connie Mack’s Philadelphia A’s from 1901-1914, the for the Philadelphia Terriers of the Federal League for 1915 and finished his career back in the American League with the St. Louis Browns in 1916-17. Overall he had a record of 326 wins and 194 losses with an ERA of 2.35. He was a major part of three World Series Championship teams with the Athletics. He won 20 games or more in 8 different seasons. His former teammate Eddie Collins- a Hall of Famer who spent his entire adult life in baseball said that Plank was the best pitcher he ever saw.
Plank passed away shortly after suffering from a stroke in 1925 at the age of fifty. He is buried in Evergreen Cemetery in Gettysburg- which is located right next to Gettysburg National Cemetery. If you are in Gettysburg someday- you can look him up- his grave is located down near the bottom of the cemetery near a motel. There is also a restaurant in Gettysburg named in his honor “Gettysburg Eddie’s”