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Player Profile


Dave Bancroft

(Beauty)
B: Apr 20, 1891  Sioux City, Iowa
D: Oct 9, 1972 

Superior, Wisconsin


Bats Switch
Throws Right
Height 5'9"
Weight 160 lbs.
Seasons 16


About Dave Bancroft

  • Dave played major league baseball from 1915 to 1930.
  • Mostly batted leadoff. Known mostly for his glove work. Dave was a  fiery player and recognized as a good team leader
  • One of the greatest defensive shortstops to ever play the game even though error totals were high. Smaller gloves, less strikeouts made for more chances. Led league in chances per game in 6 seasons.
  • Bancroft's nickname "Beauty" is somewhat in dispute. Some sources claim it's what teammates yelled at Bancroft when he made a fine play in the field. Other sources say Bancroft himself would yell "Beauty!" when something went his team's way or when his pitcher made a great pitch. . 
  • 1915: Phillies Manager Moran credited the rookie with sparking his team from its 6th place finish the previous year to a pennant winner.
  • 1920: Traded to New York Giants and was quickly named team captain. 
  • 1921-1923: Part of 3 straight NYG pennant winners.
  • 1924-1927: Managed Boston Braves.
  • 1971: Inducted into Hall of Fame.

Lifetime Batting Statistics

Year Team Lg G AB R H AVG 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB IBB HBP SO
1915 PHL NL 153 563 85 143 .254 18 2 7 30 15 27 77 0 2 62
1916 PHL NL 142 477 53 101 .212 10 0 3 33 15 0 74 0 4 57
1917 PHL NL 127 478 56 116 .243 22 5 4 43 14 0 44 0 0 42
1918 PHL NL 125 499 69 132 .265 19 4 0 26 11 0 54 0 1 36
1919 PHL NL 92 335 45 91 .272 13 7 0 25 8 0 31 0 0 30
1920 PHL NL 42 171 23 51 .298 7 2 0 5 1 7 9 0 1 12
NYG NL 108 442 79 132 .299 29 7 0 31 7 5 33 0 1 32
1921 NYG NL 153 606 121 193 .318 26 15 6 67 17 10 66 0 4 23
1922 NYG NL 156 651 117 209 .321 41 5 4 60 16 11 79 0 3 27
1923 NYG NL 107 444 80 135 .304 33 3 1 31 8 7 62 0 1 23
1924 BOS NL 79 319 49 89 .279 11 1 2 21 4 4 37 0 1 24
1925 BOS NL 128 479 75 153 .319 29 8 2 49 7 4 64 0 0 22
1926 BOS NL 127 453 70 141 .311 18 6 1 44 3 0 64 0 2 29
1927 BOS NL 111 375 44 91 .243 13 4 1 31 5 0 43 0 1 36
1928 BRK NL 149 515 47 127 .247 19 5 0 51 7 0 59 0 2 20
1929 BRK NL 104 358 35 99 .277 11 3 1 44 7 0 29 0 0 11
1930 NYG NL 10 17 0 1 .059 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1

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