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David James "Beauty" Bancroft (April 20, 1891October 9, 1972) was an Americanmarker baseball player who played Major League Baseball from 1915 to 1930. He is a member of the Baseball Hall of Famemarker.

Bancroft was born in Sioux City, Iowamarker. He broke into the major leagues in with the Philadelphia Phillies. Bancroft played shortstop for the Phillies until when he was traded to the New York Giants. He played for the Giants until , when he was traded to the Boston Braves. Bancroft was a player-manager for the Braves for three seasons from until . He then when he went to play for the Brooklyn Robins in and . He ended his career in back with the Giants.

Bancroft was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1971 by the Veterans' Committee. Bancroft is still considered to be among the top fielders in baseball history.

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