Dave Bancroft

Dave Bancroft autograph
Birthdate4/20/1892
Death Date10/9/1972
Debut Year1915
Year of Induction1971
Teams Braves, Dodgers, Giants, Phillies
Position Shortstop

Dave Bancroft played on New York Giants teams that won the NL pennants in ’15, and 1921-23. He was a World Series champ in ’21 and ’22.

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Dave Bancroft was elected to the Hall of Fame only when former teammate Frank Frisch was chairman of the Vets Committee

Dave Bancroft was elected to the Hall of Fame only when former teammate Frank Frisch was chairman of the Vets Committee

Dave Bancroft’s selection to the Hall of Fame is highly suspect. His .279 average doesn’t jump out as Hall-worthy, nor do his 2,004 hits, 32 homers or 591 RBI. The writers saw little value in electing Bancroft as he fell off the ballot entirely. It seems being Frankie Frisch’s
Dave Bancroft visited with former teammates in the 1959 old timers' game at Yankee Stadium

Dave Bancroft visited with former teammates in the 1959 old timers' game at Yankee Stadium

George Weiss’ invitation of Dave Bancroft to the Yankees old timers’ game in 1959 Shown here is the invitation Hall of Fame executive George Weiss sent to Dave Bancroft for the 1959 old timers’ game at Yankee Stadium. It was a grand affair. Weiss writes, “Each year here at Y
Dave Bancroft played for four teams during his 16-year big league playing career

Dave Bancroft played for four teams during his 16-year big league playing career

In Dave Bancroft’s first year the Philadelphia Phillies he helped the club win the NL pennant in 1915. Soon after, he moved to New York where the Giants were champions of the league each year from 1921-1923 culminating in back-to-back World Series crowns. Success had a way of following the sho

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Frankie Frisch’s Vets Committee selections defined and damaged the Hall

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Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, Sandy Koufax, and Cy Young are in everyone’s Hall of Fame. Marginal players like the ones selected on Frankie Frisch’s watch on the Veterans Committee have helped define and damage the Hall of Fame.

His five most glaring selections — George Kelly, Jesse Haines, Dave Bancroft, Ross Youngs, and Chick Hafey have ignited many arguments. Here’s a big reason why: Imagine if your favorite player is Keith Hernandez and you think he should be in Cooperstown. He’s flat out a better first baseman than George Kelly. Hernandez was in fact a better player than any of the five Frisch selections. There are likely hundreds of players better than the Frisch Five.

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