May 16, 2022
"Dave Bancroft should not be
in the Hall of Fame."
A competent, if not unremarkable
major league shortstop (Philadelphia Phillies, New York Giants,
Boston Braves, Brooklyn Robins), and manager (Braves; All-American
Girls Professional Baseball League Chicago Colleens, South Bend
Blue Sox) - Bancroft was well short on statistical credentials
(e.g., .279 lifetime batting average; just 32 career HRs; .406
managerial winning percentage) to warrant obvious inclusion.
But his solid play with the
two-time World Series winning Giants in the early 1920s came in
handy when two of his fellow players from those teams - Bill Terry
and Frankie Frisch - became influential members of the Hall's
Veterans' Committee in the late 1960s, and squinted hard to tap
their collegial teammate for induction in 1971.
Part of a stable of early 1970s
enshrinees labeled as "Giant cronies" of Terry and Frisch
(e.g., Jessie Haines, Chick Hafey, Ross Youngs, George Kelly, Jim
Bottemley, Freddie Lindstrom), Bancroft was nonetheless one of his
era's more prominent and popular figures - a "player's player,"
both on and off the field.
By the end of this conversation
with Alesia, you'll understand why Bancroft's membership in the
Hall of Fame actually makes sense.