Eddie Plank

Eddie Plank
Birthdate 8/31/1875
Death Date 2/24/1926
Debut Year 1901
Year of Induction 1946
Teams Athletics, Browns
Position Pitcher

The first left-hander to win 300 games, Eddie Plank ranks third among southpaws in wins with 326, and first in shutouts with 66.

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From 1902 through 1915 Eddie Plank averaged 21 victories per season

From 1902 through 1915 Eddie Plank averaged 21 victories per season

Pitching from 1901-1917, Eddie Plank was one of baseball’s best hurlers. A consistent winner, the left-hander won at least 14 games each of his 14 seasons in Philadelphia. In 1910 he became the first left-handed pitcher to win 200 games. By the time he was released by the A’s in 1914, P
Connie Mack,

Connie Mack, "was instrumental in the selection of our old friend Eddie"

In this letter of August 17, 1952 Philadelphia Inquirer sportswriter Bill Duncan writes to Eddie Plank’s former teammate Chief Bender. A native of Plank’s home town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Duncan grew up a fan of the Philadelphia Athletics. The scribe worked to get both Plank and Be

"Eddie did not get into the Hall until you (Mack) stepped into the picture"

Getting Eddie Plank and Chief Bender elected to the Hall of Fame was no small task for sportswriter Bill Duncan. A longtime Pennsylvania resident, Duncan’s favorite team of his boyhood was the Philadelphia Athletics led by the two pitchers. Both hurlers had fallen off the writers’ ballot

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