Eddie Plank was an outstanding left-handed pitcher who played 17 seasons of Major League Baseball between 1901 and 1917 for the Philadelphia Athletics, St. Louis Terriers, and St. Louis Browns. During his career he won twenty or more games in eight seasons and threw 410 complete games, 69 of them shutouts. Plank helped lead the Athletics to six American League Pennants and two World Series Championships as he put together a postseason ERA of 1.32 over seven games. His remarkable career ended with a record of 326 – 194, 2,246 strikeouts, and a lifetime ERA of 2.35.
-Michael Rinehart Jr.
Plank is buried less than 100 yards from the spot where Abraham Lincoln gave the Gettysburg Address.
August 20, 2011