The Yale Bulldogs baseball team is a varsity intercollegiate athletic team of Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, United States. The team is a member of the Ivy League, which is part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division I. Yale's first baseball team was fielded in 1864. The team plays its home games at Bush Field in New Haven, Connecticut. The Bulldogs are coached by Brian Hamm.
|2023 Yale Bulldogs baseball team|
|Head coach||Brian Hamm (1st season)|
|Location||New Haven, Connecticut|
|Home stadium||George H. W. Bush Field |
|Colors||Yale blue and white|
|College World Series runner-up|
|College World Series appearances|
|NCAA Tournament appearances|
|1947, 1948, 1981, 1992, 1993, 2017|
|Regular season conference champions|
|EIBL: 1932, 1937, 1946, 1947, 1956,|
1957, 1981, 1992
Ivy: 1993, 1994, 2017
The Yale Bulldogs Baseball program was founded in 1868 as a team to compete with Harvard baseball. Yale played its first baseball game on September 30, 1865 against Wesleyan College; Yale won 30 to 12. On July 23, 1868, Yale played its first championship game as an invitational against Harvard University, in which it lost 25–17. On June 5, 1869, Harvard visited Brooklyn and defeated Yale 41–24. Harvard would continue to dominate Yale in the Ivy League baseball conference, but Yale won two games in 1874.
In 1928, Yale Field was built to house the Yale baseball program. Yale's first game in their new stadium was played in 1928 against the Eastern League New Haven Professionals. The first pitch was thrown by Mayor Tower of New Haven. The result of the game was a 12–0 shutout by the road team.
Major leaguers pitcher Craig Breslow (Oakland A's and Boston Red Sox) and catcher Ryan Lavarnway (Boston Red Sox/Los Angeles Dodgers), among others, played baseball for the Bulldogs. Breslow led the Ivy League with a 2.56 ERA in 2002. Lavarnway led the NCAA in batting average (.467) and slugging percentage (.873) in 2007, set the Ivy League hitting-streak record (25), and through 2010 held the Ivy League record in career home runs (33). In August 2012, Breslow and Lavarnway, playing for the Red Sox, became the first Yale grads to be Major League teammates since 1949, and the first All-Yale battery in the major leagues since 1883. In September 2016 the two were again battery-mates, this time playing for Team Israel in the qualifiers for the 2017 World Baseball Classic.
Major League Baseball edit
|Bulldogs in the Major League Baseball Draft|
|2005||Josh Sowers||10||Blue Jays|
|2008||Ryan Lavarnway||6||Red Sox|
|2010||Trygg Danforth||49||Red Sox|
Undrafted players edit
- Craig Breslow, MLB pitcher
Other notable players edit
National teams edit
- Eric Brodkowitz, Israeli-American baseball pitcher for the Israel National Baseball Team
- Ryan Lavarnway, Israeli-American baseball catcher who appeared for Israel National Baseball Team
- Ben Wanger, Israeli-American baseball pitcher for the Israel National Baseball Team
Notable in other fields edit
See also edit
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- "ISSUU – Yale & Professional Baseball by Yale Athletics". Issuu. Retrieved October 6, 2014.
- "Passed Balls". Philadelphia Inquirer. Philadelphia Inquirer. p. 4.
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- "Yale Field". Retrieved October 6, 2014.
- "Six Leaguers Taken in MLB Draft". Ivyleaguesports.com. June 5, 2002. Archived from the original on June 14, 2006. Retrieved March 18, 2010.
- "Ryan Lavarnway". Yalebulldogs.com. April 6, 2007. Retrieved August 19, 2011.
- "Bulldogs in Beantown". Yale Daily News. September 5, 2012. Retrieved September 26, 2013.
- Baseball alumni take on the world | Sporting Life | Yale Alumni Magazine
- "MLB Amateur Draft Picks who came from "Yale University (New Haven, CT)"". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
- Morgan, Nancy (June 10, 2001). "Yale grad DeSantis is a hit on, off field". St. Petersburg Times. Archived from the original on September 24, 2001. Retrieved November 13, 2023.