Plank (exercise), an isometric exercise for the abdominal muscles
The Plank (1967 film), a British comedy film with no dialogue
The Plank (1979 film), a remake of the 1967 film
Plank, an item of a political party platform
Plank, a character in Ed, Edd n Eddy
Plank or Peter Clements, guitar tech for Radiohead
Alex Plank (born 1986) Autistic activist
Conny Plank (19401987), German record producer and musician
Ed Plank (born 1952), American baseball pitcher in the late 1970s
Eddie Plank (18751926), early 20th-century American baseball player
Heinz Plank (born 1945), German painter, draughtsman and graphic artist
Kevin Plank (born 1972), American businessman; founder of sports clothing company Under Armour
Usually made from sawed timber, planks are usually more than 1 12 in (38 mm) thick, and are generally wider than 2 12 in (64 mm). In the United States, planks can be any length and are generally a minimum of 2 in (51 mm) deep by 8 in (200 mm) wide, but planks that are 2 in (51 mm) by 10 in (250 mm) and 2 in (51 mm) by 12 in (300 mm) are more commonly stocked by lumber retailers. Planks are often used as a work surface on elevated scaffolding, and need to be wide enough to provide strength without breaking when walked on. The wood is categorized as a board if its width is less than 2 12 in (64 mm), and its thickness is less than 1 12 in (38 mm).
A plank used in a building as a horizontal supporting member that runs between foundations, walls, or beams to support a ceiling or floor is called a joist.
The plank was the basis of maritime transport: wood floats on water, and abundant forests meant wooden logs could be easily obtained and processed, making planks the primary material in ship building. However, since the 20th century, wood has largely been supplanted in ship construction by iron and steel, to decrease cost and improve durability.
Plank was the first left-handed pitcher to win 200 games and then 300 games, and now ranks third in all-time wins among left-handers with 326 career victories (eleventh all time) and first all-time in career shutouts by a left-handed pitcher with 66. Philadelphia went to the World Series five times while Plank played there, but he sat out the 1910 World Series due to an injury. Plank had only a 1.32 earned run average (ERA) in his World Series career, but he was unlucky, with a 25 winloss record in those games.
Plank died of a stroke in 1926. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1946.