The Yale Bulldogs Baseball program was founded in 1868 as a team to compete with Harvard baseball. Yale played its first baseball game against Wesleyan College on September 1865. 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.