About the Program
One of the eldest varsity teams in collegiate sports history, the Bowdoin College baseball team began playing around 1867, with its first intercollegiate competition against Dartmouth in 1869. Nearly 140 years later, the Polar Bears have accumulated nearly 1,000 wins and have established themselves as one of the top teams in New England.
Bowdoin's rich history has seen numerous players earn regional and national honors, including David DeCew '99 and Matt McDonald '97 both leading Division III in batting average during their careers. More recently, the Polar Bears have twice qualified for the NESCAC Tournament- including the rights to host the event in 2006, when they were the Eastern Division Champions. Bowdoin has enjoyed a resurgence in the last four seasons, setting school records in victories three times in the last four years.
Indoor practices begin February in mid-February in Farley Field House. The team makes an annual trip to Florida in the spring, where they play between eight and 12 games before returning north for regional and NESCAC Conference play.
A year after enjoying the best season in school history, the Polar Bears returned to the NESCAC Tournament and placed second in the League's Eastern Division. A young, exciting squad was paced by rookie Joe Pace, who collected Second-Team All-NESCAC honors as a pitcher/outfielder. Bowdoin ended the season with a record of 18-16, defeating rival Trinity in a best-of-three series to clinch the postseason bid.
The Polar Bears can boast one of the most playable fields in New England. With incredible drainage and caretaking, Pickard Field is one of the earliest available diamonds in New England each spring. Indoor practices are held, when necessary, at Farley Field House, which has an indoor batting cage and weight-training facility.