Baseball was the first intercollegiate sport played by Kenyon teams. The College was a pioneer for the sport in the region as games started taking shape in the 1850s. In 1859, just after the first-ever intercollegiate game was played between Amherst and Williams colleges, the first organized games involving Kenyon clubs were played.
In 1874 Kenyon played its first intercollegiate game against Adelbert College. Spirited competition then began to evolve with the team from Adelbert, as well as with teams from Denison, Ohio State, Ohio Wesleyan and Wooster.
Throughout the program's rich history, more than a handful of players moved on to play at the professional level. The first player to do so was Harry Wolverton (1898) who played for the Chicago Cubs, Washington Senators, Philadelphia Phillies, and Boston Beaneaters. Lyle Tate Cromely '03, Bob Rowe '56, Dave Goodwillie '94, Mitch Swaggert '00 and Tyler Kavanaugh '06 were among several other Kenyon graduates who went on to play or coach in the professional ranks.
In recent years, current head coach Matt Burdette cultivated an offensive outbreak that propelled the Lords through some of the finest seasons in Kenyon history. His teams have established nearly every College offensive record, including breaking over a dozen team and individual batting marks. Now entering his 17th season, Burdette has collected more wins than any other coach in Kenyon baseball history.