Bancroft, Dave

David James Bancroft
Born: April 20, 1891, Sioux City, Iowa
Died: October 9, 1972, Superior, Wisconsin
Played For: 
Philadelphia Philles (1915-1920), New York Giants (1920-1923, 1930), Boston Braves (1924-1927), Brooklyn Dodgers (1928-1929)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Veterans Committee: 1971

A graceful, quick-handed shortstop for several National League squads, Dave Bancroft developed a reputation as a solid, if unspectacular, leadoff hitter. The switch-hitting Bancroft was also known for his intelligence on the field and his fiery leadership in the dugout. Nicknamed Beauty for his habit of shouting the term on each good pitch to the opposition as a Minor League player, Bancroft is still considered to be among the top fielders in baseball history.

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Did You Know: 
that Dave Bancroft once held the single-season record for most chances by a shortstop with 984 in 1922?
When he came to the Phillies from Portland of the Pacific Coast League, he brought with him a habit of shouting 'Beauty' every time his pitcher sent over a good-looking ball. That's the history of the 'Beauty' handle.
Dan Daniel, NY Herald