Yale Bulldogs baseball

The Yale Bulldogs baseball team is a varsity intercollegiate athletic team of Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, United States.[2] 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.

Yale Bulldogs
2023 Yale Bulldogs baseball team
Founded1864 (1864)
UniversityYale University
Head coachBrian Hamm (1st season)
ConferenceIvy League
LocationNew Haven, Connecticut
Home stadiumGeorge H. W. Bush Field
(Capacity: 6,200)
NicknameBulldogs, Eli’s
ColorsYale blue and white[1]
College World Series runner-up
1947, 1948
College World Series appearances
1947, 1948
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

History edit

The Yale Bulldogs Baseball program was founded in 1868 as a team to compete with Harvard baseball.[3] Yale played its first baseball game on September 30, 1865 against Wesleyan College; Yale won 30 to 12.[4] 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.[5]

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.[6]

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.[7] 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).[8] 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.[9] In September 2016 the two were again battery-mates, this time playing for Team Israel in the qualifiers for the 2017 World Baseball Classic.[10]

Major League Baseball edit

Bob Davis pitched for Yale and then pitched in Major League Baseball in 1958 and 1960. Yale has had 35 Major League Baseball Draft selections since the draft began in 1965.[11]

Undrafted players edit

Other notable players edit

National teams edit

Notable in other fields edit

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ "Yale Athletics Brand Guidelines" (PDF). December 17, 2019. Retrieved June 30, 2022.
  2. ^ "Yale Bulldogs". d1baseball.com. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  3. ^ "ISSUU – Yale & Professional Baseball by Yale Athletics". Issuu. Retrieved October 6, 2014.
  4. ^ "Passed Balls". Philadelphia Inquirer. Philadelphia Inquirer. p. 4.
  5. ^ "Early History of Harvard-Yale baseball". Retrieved October 6, 2014.
  6. ^ "Yale Field". Retrieved October 6, 2014.
  7. ^ "Six Leaguers Taken in MLB Draft". Ivyleaguesports.com. June 5, 2002. Archived from the original on June 14, 2006. Retrieved March 18, 2010.
  8. ^ "Ryan Lavarnway". Yalebulldogs.com. April 6, 2007. Retrieved August 19, 2011.
  9. ^ "Bulldogs in Beantown". Yale Daily News. September 5, 2012. Retrieved September 26, 2013.
  10. ^ Baseball alumni take on the world | Sporting Life | Yale Alumni Magazine
  11. ^ "MLB Amateur Draft Picks who came from "Yale University (New Haven, CT)"". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  12. ^ 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.

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