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The World Series and the Presidency

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Oct 23, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Just random World Series information from Major League Baseball. Something light at the end of this day that was light on Yankees news. There’s no political statement here, just facts that ultimately mean nothing.

Since 1908, the first year both a World Series and presidential election took place, 26 World Series have been played during a presidential election year. During these years, American League teams have had the edge with 17 wins (65%) while National League teams have won nine times (35%). Below is information about World Series and Presidential election results over the past 104 years.

American League
Republican candidates more frequently win the Presidency when an American League team wins the World Series.
• A Republican candidate has won 10 times (10-for-17 or 59%) when an American League team won the World Series during an election year: Warren G. Harding (1920); Calvin Coolidge (1924); Herbert Hoover (1928); Dwight Eisenhower (1952, 1956); Richard Nixon (1968, 1972); Ronald Reagan (1984); George W. Bush (2000, 2004).
• A Democratic candidate has won seven times (7-for-17 or 41%) when an American League team won the World Series during an election year: Woodrow Wilson (1912, 1916); Franklin Roosevelt (1932, 1936); Harry Truman (1948); Bill Clinton (1992, 1996).

National League
Democratic candidates more frequently win the Presidency when a National League team wins the World Series.
• A Democratic candidate has won six times (6-for-9 or 67%) when a National League team has
won the World Series during an election year: Franklin Roosevelt (1940, 1944); John F. Kennedy (1960); Lyndon B. Johnson (1964); Jimmy Carter (1976); Barack Obama (2008).
• A Republican candidate has won three times (3-for-9 or 33%) when a National League team has won the World Series during an election year: William Taft (1908); Ronald Reagan (1980); George H.W. Bush (1988).

Two-Term Presidents
• World Series wins by the American League have preceded the elections for five of the six two-term elected presidents: Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon; George W. Bush; Woodrow Wilson; Bill Clinton.
• Ronald Reagan was the only president to be elected to two-terms to have a different League winning in each year he was elected: Philadelphia Phillies (1980); Detroit Tigers (1984).

 
 

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