Dave Bancroft, the most improbable Hall of Famer, and His Wild Times in Baseball’s First Century are described in Beauty at Short. More significantly, baseball gave Bancroft the best view of the game for nearly a century.
Beauty at Short Kindle Summary
The Baseball Hall of Fame shouldn’t include Dave Bancroft. He was a small shortstop with poor batting skills when he left his Iowa homeland. He was signed by one of the 300+ minor league teams in 1909 when he was 17 years old. He only played for three weeks before being dismissed, then he joined another team before being released once more. It was unimaginable how he rose to become one of baseball’s all-time greats and was inducted into Cooperstown.
More significantly, baseball gave Bancroft the best view of the game for nearly a century. He was able to see how the game has changed over time due to intercontinental travel, the effects of two wars, racism, women’s rights, and the Great Depression.
He interacted with a plethora of well-known figures associated with professional baseball as well as many others with extraordinary backstories and fates. He greeted dignitaries and presidents, movie stars and music icons, boxing champions and snake oil salesmen, poor children, and opulent businessmen.
As manager of the minor league St. Cloud Rox, Bancroft endured perilous bus rides while thriving as a prominent New York sports hero. On January 31, 1971, as his health was deteriorating, he was eating a chicken meal with his loving wife of 60 years, Edna, at their humble home in northern Wisconsin when the phone rang. Dave whispered gently while listening. Oh my God, that’s the sweetest thing I’ve ever heard, he exclaimed to the caller. The Hall of Fame accepted him.
Tom Alesia grew up going to Wrigley Field before the lights came on. Years later, he discovered that a little-known Baseball Hall of Famer was interred there while on vacation in a remote region of northwest Wisconsin. That started a more than ten-year investigation to learn Dave Bancroft’s incredible tale.
Alesia, a veteran journalist in the Midwest, has written profiles of everyone from Pete Rose to a big league pitcher-turned-veterinarian. Then Garth Became Elvis, his debut book, which is a compilation of stories about the history of music, received raving reviews. He received numerous awards, including one for a piece on blind bowlers, in addition to the national Music Journalism Award.
Beauty at Short Book Release Date
- Publisher : Grissom Press
- (March 22, 2022)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 184 pages
- ISBN-10 : 057837451X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0578374512
My Words: Beauty at Short
Although I admit to being somewhat of a baseball historian, reading this tiny book was like traveling back in time to learn about Dave Bancroft.