Baseball Legend Eddie Plank's Buick Dealership Was Here

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Buick Dealership (formerly)
100 York St. York (U.S. 30) and N. Stratton Sts.
Gettysburg, PA 17325
United States
39° 49' 52.6476" N, 77° 13' 43.1688" W


Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Eddie "Gettysburg Eddie" Plank (1875-1920) was born in Gettysburg, PA. The farm where he was born is now a housing development called Plank's Field - HOF Estates (HOF = Hall of Fame). (HOF Estates streets have names like Home Run Circle and Double Play Drive). Plank lived and died of a stroke at 343 Carlisle St., which is now a Gettysburg College fraternity. He pitched for the college, but was not enrolled there, from 1900-1901. His widow and son moved to 42 E. Lincoln Avenue. His Buick dealership, now vacant, was at York and Stratton Streets. One block away is a Chinese Restaurant that was his brother Ira's Ford dealership (Ira was the college's longtime baseball coach). In 1913, Plank pitched a two-hitter that clinched the World Series for the Philadelphia Athletics. He was buried at Evergreen Cemetery in Gettysburg. A sports bar, Gettysburg Eddie's, was named in his honor and sits across from the cemetery. The above information is from the New York Times, 6/30/13, at Sports p.8. The National Baseball Hall of Fame Website says that Plank worked as a tour guide at the Gettysburg Battlefields during the off-seasons.

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