Your intrepid blogger will be broadcasting a special baseball game on Saturday night, September 26 at 7:00 pm Eastern time when Division III Wesleyan University and Division I Yale square off to commemorate the 150th anniversary of baseball at the two schools. The webcast can be heard here.
Below is a compilation release from the Yale and Wesleyan sports information offices about the event:
Wesleyan and Yale are both celebrating the 150th anniversary of baseball at their respective colleges in 2015 as the two met on Sept. 30, 1865 to inaugural intercollegiate competition at their respective landmark institutions. Wesleyan was founded in 1831 while Yale, the fourth oldest institution of higher learning in the nation, dates back to 1701.
To commemorate that first contest, the teams will play an exhibition game at Yale Field Sat., Sept. 26, beginning at 7 p.m. The idea for the game was spawned more than five years ago when Wesleyan head coach Mark Woodworth and Yale head coach John Stuper talked about playing the game while together at a summer camp. “It seemed really important to me to celebrate the great traditions of both of these historic programs,” said Woodworth. “Both schools have been at the forefront of establishing college baseball and we are excited to recognize all the alums and all the players that have been a part of it.” More than 40 Wesleyan baseball alums plan to attend the game at Yale.
Each team will wear throwback uniforms (see photo of Wesleyan’s) as the Cardinal will hope for a better outcome than the 39-13 final score of the original contest, concluded after just eight innings so Wesleyan could make it back home on the last train for the day. The game lasted 3:05.
Coach Woodworth and Coach Stuper will both make opening comments in the ceremony, which will precede the contest, followed by the remarks of two very special guests: Wesleyan’s Jim Dresser ’63 and Yale’s Fay Vincent ’63. Vincent, a graduate of Yale Law School, served as the Commissioner of Major League Baseball from 1989 to 1992. Dresser, for whom Wesleyan’s baseball field is named, was a former standout in the sport and chairman of Wesleyan Board of Trustees.
Special guests are also expected to throw out a ceremonial first pitch, representing both squads. Pregame activity is slated to begin at 6:30 p.m.
The Elis hold a 59-17-2 advantage in the all-time series with Wesleyan in regular season contests. The two squads played at Yale Field earlier this year on April 21, with the Bulldogs beating the Cardinals, 7-3.
The exhibition game Sept. 26 will have LiveStats and also a webcast.