Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Plank Reaches 300

On Sept. 11, 1915, Eddie Plank, playing for the St. Louis Terriers of the Federal League, collects win 300 in his career, making him the first left-hander to reach the 300-mark. 
 In his career, Plank went 326-194 with a 2.35 ERA and won 20 or more games in eight different seasons. One of the winningest lefties to ever play in the major leagues, Plank won as many as 26 games in a season but was the first player to reach 300 wins without leading the league in wins at least one time.
Plank, won 305 games in the American League for the Philadelphia Athletics and the St. Louis Terriers making him that league's winningest left-handed pitcher. He would help the Athletics to World Series titles in 1911, and 1913.
In addition, he was the winningest pitcher left or right-handed in the American league until 1921, when Walter Johnson, who finished his career with 417 wins, surpassed him. Plank is still one of the most winningest pitchers of all-time, he is now ranked no. 13 with his 326 wins. 
He also has the most career shutouts by a left-hander in MLB history with 69. His 69 shutouts also put him in the top five in baseball history for most shutouts, only behind the likes of Johnson, Pete Alexander, Christy Mathewson and Cy Young in that order. 
The next closest left-handed pitcher with shutouts is Warren Spahn with 63; he is sixth on the list for most shutouts all-time. Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay leads all active major league pitchers with 20 shutouts, in 16 seasons.