Baseball has been an important part of life at Taft since the school’s inception. Many descriptions of the extracurricular activities from the early years at Taft mention baseball, and indeed, in the school archives there are photos and accounts (some more than 100 years old) of Mr. Taft playing baseball with the boys. It has even been said that Mr. Taft waited until he had enough graduates to field a baseball team before he was willing to host the school's first alumni reunion.
Today, Taft offers many more athletic options, but baseball still remains an integral part of the school. The team itself is always competitive. There have been many outstanding seasons for baseball at Taft recently, with few “down years”. Team play and sportsmanship are emphasized at Taft. Hard work, persistence, hustle, and attention to detail are the building blocks for athletic success. However, players and coaches never forget the fundamental reason for taking the field each day—baseball is fun! Each year several Taft players go on to play in college, and many more come back to watch games and reminisce with coaches about the great experience they had while playing baseball at Taft.
The season starts with a week of indoor tryouts in late February and early March, and then there is a weeklong spring training trip to Florida during the second week of spring break. The team then returns to Connecticut ready to start the eight week long, approximately 20 game regular season. Taft plays 14 Colonial league games (Hotchkiss, Choate, Kent, Avon, Trinity-Pawling, Westminster, and Loomis) and usually six non-league games.
The Lawrence H. Stone Baseball Pavilion at Rockwell Field is centrally located on campus and can be seen from many dormitory rooms, offices, and classrooms. It is a great place to watch a game. On a pleasant spring day, people walking across campus near the pond often end up stopping by to watch a few innings. And it is a great place to play. The field is level and smooth and the dugouts are the best in the league. There are two hitting tunnels conveniently located directly behind the visitors’ dugout, a luxury most of our competitors do not enjoy. The Taft grounds crew keeps the complex in pristine condition.