David "Dave" James Bancroft ( born April 20, 1891 in Sioux City, Iowa; † October 9, 1972 in Superior, Wisconsin) was an American baseball player and manager in Major League Baseball. His nickname was Beauty.
Dave Bancroft joined in 1915 by Portland in the Pacific Coast League for the Philadelphia Phillies and filled there the gap on the position of shortstops, the Mickey Doolan had left. In his first year won the Phillies with the excellent fielder in the championship of the National League. In the World Series they were subject to the Boston Red Sox clearly in five games. Two more second places should follow in the National League. After this time the Phillies disappeared in the cellar of the league, because their owners many good players sold for cash. In 1920 it was for Bancroft far as he was sold to the New York Giants. Success here for him returned, 1921 and 1922 were the New York Yankees are twice defeated in the World Series. 1923 resubmitted to the championship in the National League, but this year the Yankees were able to celebrate their first title win. In 1924 Bancroft to the Boston Braves. Giants manager John McGraw made him reluctant to draw, but did it as a favor to Christy Mathewson, was the president of the Braves, and Bancroft himself, who also took over the managerial positions of the team. From Boston Bancroft moved back to New York at the Brooklyn Dodgers before he finished his career in 1930 with the Giants.
In 1971, Bancroft was appointed by the Veterans Committee in the Baseball Hall of Fame.