GRAVE OF BASEBALL HALL OF FAMER- GETTYSBURG EDDIE PLANK- EVERGREEN CEMETERY- GETTYSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA

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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”

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3 responses to “GRAVE OF BASEBALL HALL OF FAMER- GETTYSBURG EDDIE PLANK- EVERGREEN CEMETERY- GETTYSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA

  1. No telling how many WS that Mack could have won if he didn’t have to sell off his players when they were winning.

    • One of the best baseball books I’ve read the past few years was a big three volume book on Mr. Mack. He had either great teams or terrible ones. Had money problems- no other business to rely on- so when he ran into financial problems sold off the great players.

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