The life of “Gettysburg Eddie” Plank, Hall-of-Fame baseball pitcher recounted

The life of “Gettysburg Eddie” Plank, Hall-of-Fame baseball pitcher recounted

Adams County native was one of the stars of Connie Mack’s Philadelphia Athletics

GETTYSBURG, Pa. – April 10, 2018 — Born in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, only a dozen years after the bloody Civil War battle, Eddie Plank grew up on a farm and was a late-bloomer. By his early twenties, he was a local star on the town ball team and enrolled in the Gettysburg Academy in order to pitch for the Gettysburg College team. Soon after, Connie Mack from the Philadelphia Athletics in the newly-formed American League came calling and the rest is history.

Eddie Plank was the mainstay of Connie Mack’s early success from 1901 through 1914. Plank’s unorthodox delivery and pinpoint control brought him consistent results. While others out-pitched him during individual seasons, “Steady-Eddie”provided Mack excellence year after year while others came and went.

Gettysburg Eddie chronicles the life of this clean-living baseball superstar who worked hard, saved his money, and was always the perfect gentleman. Upon hearing of Eddie’s premature death in 1926, Mack remarked, “I feel like a father must feel who has lost a son.”

“P is for Plank
The arm of the A’s;
When he tangled with Matty
Games lasted for days.”

– “Lineup for Yesterday” by Ogden Nash

About the author:
Lawrence Knorr has authored or co-authored over 20 books, mostly on history or biography. He is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), the Sons of the American Revolution, and numerous other historical organizations. He enjoys most writing about the formerly famous and his beloved Pennsylvania Dutch culture. He is a lifetime Penn State alum.

By Lawrence Knorr
SUNBURY PRESS
Trade Paperback – 6 x 9 x 1
9781620061701
424 Pages indexed
SPORTS & RECREATION / Baseball / History
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Sports
HISTORY / US History / Mid-Atlantic

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William Cook's "Diamond Madness" recounts some of the strangest incidents in baseball history

Mechanicsburg, PA – Sunbury Press has released best-selling author William A. Cook’s baseball history compilation “Diamond Madness: The Strange, Rowdy, Violent and sometimes Racist Relationship between Major League Fans and Players.”

dm_fcAbout the Book:
For more than one hundred and thirty-five years baseball has been considered America’s game. Major league baseball was the first sport in the country to be played before large crowds in enclosed stadiums. Also it was the first sport to have its games broadcast daily on powerhouse 50,000 watt radio stations from the east coast to the Great Plains.

For as long as the “Grand Old Game” of baseball has existed there has been a close relationship between the fans and players. Generally that relationship has amounted to harmless hero worship; fathers passing stories of the grandstand heroes of their youth on to future generations of fans. However, at times a dark side has come to the fore in the relationship between fans and players; one that has been rowdy, sometimes racist, sometimes violent and in some cases deadly. Episodes of rowdyism and violence involving fans and players in major league baseball tend to attract wider media coverage and tend to be more controversial than those in other professional sports because baseball is an environment considered to be family oriented and one deeply rooted in American culture through legends, song and verse.

Contents:
Mugging The Umpire
Ty Cobb Attacks Fan
Troubles for John McGraw
Babe Ruth booed, wants to fight fans
Memorable Incidents of Post Season Fan Rowdyism
Eddie Waitkus shot By Deranged Admirer
Mystery Bullet Kills Fan at the Polo Grounds
The Duke of Flatbush fights Fan in the Queen City
Personal Troublers and Death Threats for Mickey Mantle and Billy Martin
Jim Piersall vs. the Fans
Henry Aaron, Racism, Death Threats and 715
Steel City Melodrama
Ten Cent Beer Night in Cleveland
Lyman Bostock shot and killed in Gary, Indiana
Disco Demolition Night at Comiskey Park
Joe Morgan illegally arrested at Los Angeles International Airport
The Steve Bartman Affair
Giants Fan Is Beaten Senseless at Dodger Stadium
Major Leaguers as Crime Victims
Latin Players: Big Contracts and Security Risks
Appendices:
True Bill – Indictment of Ruth Ann Steinhagen
Petition filed on behalf of Ruth Ann Steinhagen

Diamond Madness
Authored by William A. Cook
List Price: $16.95
5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on White paper
270 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620062258
ISBN-10: 1620062259
BISAC: Sports/Baseball/History

For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/Diamond-Madness-97816200…

Soon to be available on Kindle and Nook