Eddie Plank (1946)
Eddie Plank started his major league baseball career with the Philadelphia Athletics in 1901, pitching in 33 games that season with a 17-13 record, 90 strikeouts to 68 walks, and a 3.31 ERA. He pitched for the Athletics through the 1914 season.
In 1915, Plank left the Athletics to join the St. Louis Terriers of the Federal League. The team and league folded after the season and Plank played his last two seasons with the St. Louis Browns (modern day Baltimore Orioles). In his last season in the major leagues (1917), Plank had a 5-6 record with 26 strikeouts to 38 walks and a 1.79 ERA in 20 games. He retired after the 1917 season. During his career in the major leagues, Plank led the American League in shutouts twice.
Statistics for Plank in 17 seasons (1901-1917) in the major leagues include:
- 8 seasons with 20 or more wins, with a high of 26 in 1904 and 1912
- 5 seasons with over 150 strikeouts, with a high of 210 in 1905
- 15 seasons with an ERA under 3.00, with a low of 1.76 in 1909
Career statistics for Plank include:
- 623 games played
- 4,495.2 innings pitched
- 326-194 win-loss record
- 2,246 strikeouts to 1,072 walks
- 2.35 ERA