Though life looked different at the College in 1930—all-male with fraternities on the rise—athletics were, just as they are now, a central part of the Bowdoin experience. Roughly 560 students were enrolled at the start of the 1930-31 academic year, and many played more than one sport, leaving some teams, such as football, with a lack of players for off-season training.
The Bowdoin Hall of Honor, founded in 2002, biannually inducts classes of five to six outstanding members of Bowdoin’s athletic community. Candidates are usually nominated by other alumni, and the finalists are chosen by a committee of seven former Bowdoin athletes.
With so many festivities planned for Ivies Weekend, it is easy for sporting events to fall through the cracks. But because of the baseball diamond’s proximity to Farley Field House, it has become a tradition for students to frequent the team’s games between headliner acts.
It’s been a tough first half of the season for the men’s baseball team. The Polar Bears (0-14-1) currently have no wins under their belt and have averaged just 2.67 runs per game. “The start we got out to wasn’t what we expected,” Head Coach Mike Connolly said.
Few people have a life story more interesting or unexpected than Bowdoin Equipment Manager Chap Nelson’s—or “Chappy” as he’s commonly known. From dreams of playing major league baseball in Florida, to becoming Colby’s assistant baseball coach while still a college student himself to his current freelance work as a professional scout for the Los Angeles Dodgers, there is only one thing as big as Chappy’s personality: his network of friends.
After losing a non-conference series against Middlebury this weekend, the baseball team (11-16, NESCAC 4-5) seeks to win its final three conference games against Colby (5-18, NESCAC 1-8) this weekend. The Polar Bears currently stand in fourth place out of five teams in the NESCAC East division and are tied for sixth overall in the NESCAC.
Turning the tide. The baseball team (11-12, 3-3 NESCAC) is currently on a five-game win streak after sweeping its weekend series against Trinity (13-12, 3-6 NESCAC) and beating Thomas (3-25) 11-4 on Monday. Brandon Lopez ’20 was named NESCAC Pitcher of the Week this week after tossing a full game against Trinity last Friday.
On Tuesday, the baseball team (7-12, 0-3 NESCAC) won its first game since returning from a spring break training trip to Florida, beating the Brandeis Judges 5-2. Cody Todesco ’19 scored a run and had two RBIs and Brandon Lopez ’19 went 3-for-4 at the plate.