Baseball Legend's Brother's Ford Dealership Was Here (Plank)
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.
Li's Buffet , 165 York St., Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, 17325, United States