Baseball Crank
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November 3, 2008

A rare combined baseball and politics post - well, sort of; this is obviously intended to be a little more lighthearted. Updating and correcting this June 2003 post - the Hated Yankees haven't won a World Series with a Republican in the White House since 1958. Counting since 1921 (their first pennant), the Yankees are 19-3 in the World Series (with just three playoff losses) in 40 years of Democratic Administrations, but just 7-10 in the World Series (with five playoff losses) in 48 years of Republican Administrations. They've gone 0 for the last five GOP Administrations while failing to bring home a championship on the watch of only one Democratic president, Lyndon Johnson.

The breakout, by World Series W/L/No Pennant:

Harding/Collidge/Hoover (R): 4-3-5
FDR/Truman (D): 11-1-8
Eisenhower (R): 3-3-2
JFK/LBJ (D): 2-2-4
Nixon/Ford (R): 0-1-7
Carter (D): 2-0-2 (one loss in playoffs)
Reagan/Bush (R): 0-1-11
Clinton (D): 4-0-4 (two losses in playoffs, one strike)
Bush (R): 0-2-6 (five losses in playoffs)

So, you know, if you're not a Yankees fan...

UPDATE: Corrected. Somehow my brain blocked out the Yankees losing the Series in 2001 & 2003.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 6:42 PM | Baseball 2008 | Comments (4) | TrackBack (0)

I guess there's some sort of kharmic payback for Big Stein's illegal support of Nixon :)

Posted by: Jerry at November 3, 2008 6:53 PM

This actually is the best reason I've yet heard on why to vote for McCain. No kidding!

Thanks for lightening it up...


Posted by: Dorce at November 3, 2008 6:53 PM

Btw, the Yanks have lost the WS twice under Bush.

Posted by: Jerry at November 3, 2008 6:59 PM

A distraction from the real issues!

Before all you Yankee-haters jump on the republican bandwagon. Consider that Ronald Reagan pardoned George Steinbrenner:

"President Ronald Reagan pardoned George Steinbrenner in 1989. Steinbrenner, billionaire businessman and owner of the New York Yankees, pleaded guilty in 1974 to making illegal campaign contributions to President Nixon's reelection campaign in 1972 and then attempting to obstruct criminal investigations in the matter. The fact that the main prosecutors who originally received Steinbrenner's guilty plea were not consulted about his pardoning added fuel to this controversial decision."


So the patron saint of the modern republican party aided and abetted the New York Yankees, enabling them to win 4 more World Series after 1989 under Steinbrenner.

Posted by: MVH at November 3, 2008 8:00 PM
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