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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Philly’s forgotten 70s Rock ‘n’ Roll trio once performed with music greats

New biography of Philadelphia band BANG who hit it big in the early 1970s

PHILADELPHIA – April 5, 2018 — Our heads will always jam out to the classic heavy metal rock ‘n’ roll as radios still play the songs we grew up with or cherish from our parents. Relive those times in BANG’s book, The Bang Story. Follow Frank Ferrara, Tony Diorio, and Frankie Gilcken as they tell of their rise to fame starting from meeting in childhood to then performing with Hall of Famers. Re-experience the culture of the time from the trio’s memories and photos. In just under 200 pages, The Bang Story is a fun read filled with Rock ‘n’ Roll nostalgia.

In the summer of 1971, BANG, a trio from the Philadelphia area, decided to take a road trip to Florida to try their fortune. While buying some rolling papers in the Sunshine State, they learned about a Small Faces and Deep Purple concert nearby in Orlando. They showed up at the venue and brazenly declared they were ready to go on stage. The concert organizer asked them to set up and play for him. After a couple songs, he told them they were opening for Rod Stewart and Faces. Before they knew it, BANG was playing with Bachman Turner Overdrive, Deep Purple, Three Dog Night, Fleetwood Mac, Ike and Tina Turner, The Doobie Brothers, and even Black Sabbath. Capitol Records signed them, and three LPs were released. Join Frank Ferrara, Tony Diorio, and Frankie Gilcken, as they recall their rapid rise to fame, playing with numerous Rock and Roll Hall of Famers.

Praise:

… the band “on first listen, sounds incredibly like Led Zeppelin … they play at the same frenetic pace as Zeppelin, and Frank Ferrara’s vocals are so similar to those of Robert Plant’s, as to be downright amazing”
— Billboard magazine (1972)

About the author:
Lawrence Knorr is the author or co-author of more than twenty books, most on regional history and biography. All are published by Sunbury Press, Inc.

By Lawrence Knorr, Frank Ferrara, Tony Diorio, Frank Gilcken
SUNBURY PRESS
Trade Paperback – 6 x 9 x .5
9781620065822
192 Pages w/dozens of period photographs
Music: Genres & Styles – Rock
Biography & Autobiography: Composers & Musicians – General
Music: Genres & Styles – Heavy Metal

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