Presidential elections and World Series champs

by Bill Chuck on November 5, 2012

Since 1908, the first year both a World Series and presidential election took place, this was the 27th World Series during a presidential election year.

  • AL teams have had the edge with 17 wins (63%) while NL teams have now won 10 times (37%).

When an American League team wins

Year President Party World Series
1912 Woodrow Wilson Democratic Boston Red Sox
1916 Woodrow Wilson Democratic Boston Red Sox
1920 Warren G. Harding Republican Cleveland Indians
1924 Calvin Coolidge Republican Washington Senators
1928 Herbert Hoover Republican New York Yankees
1932 Franklin D. Roosevelt Democratic New York Yankees
1936 Franklin D. Roosevelt Democratic New York Yankees
1948 Harry S. Truman Democratic Cleveland Indians
1952 Dwight D. Eisenhower Republican New York Yankees
1956 Dwight D. Eisenhower Republican New York Yankees
1968 Richard M. Nixon Republican Detroit Tigers
1972 Richard M. Nixon Republican Oakland Athletics
1984 Ronald Reagan Republican Detroit Tigers
1992 William J. Clinton Democratic Toronto Blue Jays
1996 William J. Clinton Democratic New York Yankees
2000 George W. Bush Republican New York Yankees
2004 George W. Bush Republican Boston Red Sox
  • Republicans have gone 10-for-17 (58.8%) when an American League team won the World Series 

When a National League team wins

1908 William H. Taft Republican Chicago Cubs
1940 Franklin D. Roosevelt Democratic Cincinnati Reds
1944 Franklin D. Roosevelt Democratic St. Louis Cardinals
1960 John F. Kennedy Democratic Pittsburgh Pirates
1964 Lyndon B. Johnson Democratic St. Louis Cardinals
1976 Jimmy Carter Democratic Cincinnati Reds
1980 Ronald Reagan Republican Philadelphia Phillies
1988 George H. Bush Republican Los Angeles Dodgers
2008 Barack Obama Democratic Philadelphia Phillies
2012 Barack Obama
Mitt Romney
Democratic
Republican
San Francisco Giants
  • Democrats have won six of nine times (66.7%) when a National League team won the World Series

Multi-Term Presidents

Year President Party World Series
1912 Woodrow Wilson Democratic Boston Red Sox
1916 Woodrow Wilson Democratic Boston Red Sox
1932 Franklin D. Roosevelt Democratic New York Yankees
1936 Franklin D. Roosevelt Democratic New York Yankees
1940 Franklin D. Roosevelt Democratic Cincinnati Reds
1944 Franklin D. Roosevelt Democratic St. Louis Cardinals
1952 Dwight D. Eisenhower Republican New York Yankees
1956 Dwight D. Eisenhower Republican New York Yankees
1968 Richard M. Nixon Republican Detroit Tigers
1972 Richard M. Nixon Republican Oakland Athletics
1980 Ronald Reagan Republican Philadelphia Phillies
1984 Ronald Reagan Republican Detroit Tigers
1992 William J. Clinton Democratic Toronto Blue Jays
1996 William J. Clinton Democratic New York Yankees
2000 George W. Bush Republican New York Yankees
2004 George W. Bush Republican Boston Red Sox
2008 Barack Obama Democratic Philadelphia Phillies
2012 Barack Obama
Mitt Romney
Democratic
Republican
San Francisco Giants

There have been seven multi-term presidents, four Republicans and three Democrats.

  • Woodrow Wilson – two AL WS champs
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt – two AL WS champs and then two NL WS champs
  • Richard Nixon – two AL WS champs
  • Bill Clinton – two AL WS champs
  • George W. Bush – two AL WS champs

Ronald Reagan was unique

1980 Ronald Reagan Philadelphia Phillies
1984 Ronald Reagan Detroit Tigers
  • He is the only two-term president to have a World Series champion from each league

There have been four World Series sweeps

Year President Party World Series
1928 Herbert Hoover Republican Yankees over Cardinals
1932 Franklin D. Roosevelt Democratic Yankees over Cubs
1976 Jimmy Carter Democratic Reds over Yankees
2004 George W. Bush Republican Red Sox over Cardinals
2012 Giants over Tigers
  • Democrats and Republicans have each won two elections

When the Tigers have lost

Year President Party World Series
1908 William H. Taft Republican Cubs over Tigers
1940 Franklin D. Roosevelt Democratic Reds over Tigers
2012 Giants over Tigers
  • Democrats and Republicans have each won one election

In Seven Game World Series

Year President Party World Series
1912 Woodrow Wilson Democratic Red Sox over Giants
1924 Calvin Coolidge Republican Senators over Giants
1940 Franklin D. Roosevelt Democratic Reds over Tigers
1952 Dwight D. Eisenhower Republican Yankees over Dodgers
1956 Dwight D. Eisenhower Republican Yankees over Dodgers
1960 John F. Kennedy Democratic Pirates over Yankees
1964 Lyndon B. Johnson Democratic Cardinals over Yankees
1968 Richard M. Nixon Republican Tigers over Cardinals
1972 Richard M. Nixon Republican A’s over Reds
  • Republicans have won five-of-nine presidencies

Here are the results from every Presidential election season since 1908

Year Presidential
candidates
Party Electoral
votes
World Series
1908 William H. Taft
William J. Bryan
Eugene V. Debs
Republican
Democratic
Socialist

321
162
0

World Series (4-1):  Chicago Cubs (99-55, NL) vs. Detroit Tigers (90-63, AL)
1912 Woodrow Wilson
Theodore Roosevelt
William H. Taft
Eugene V. Debs
Democratic
Progressive
Republican
Socialist

435
88
8
0

World Series (4-3):  Boston Red Sox (105-47, AL) vs. New York Giants (103-48, NL)
1916 Woodrow Wilson
Charles E. Hughes
A. L. Benson
Democratic
Republican
Socialist

277
254
0

World Series (4-1):  Boston Red Sox (91-63, AL) vs. Brooklyn Robins (94-60, NL)
1920 Warren G. Harding
James M. Cox
Eugene V. Debs
Republican
Democratic
Socialist

404
127
0

World Series (5-2):  Cleveland Indians (98-56, AL) vs. Brooklyn Robins (93-61, NL)
1924 Calvin Coolidge
John W. Davis
Robert M. LaFollette
Republican
Democratic
Progressive, Socialist

382
136
13

World Series (4-3):  Washington Senators (92-62, AL) vs. New York Giants (93-60, NL)
1928 Herbert Hoover
Alfred E. Smith
Norman Thomas
Republican
Democratic
Socialist

444
87
0

World Series (4-0):  New York Yankees (101-53, AL) vs. St. Louis Cardinals (95-59, NL)
1932 Franklin D. Roosevelt
Herbert Hoover
Norman Thomas
Democratic
Republican
Socialist

472
59
0

World Series (4-0):  New York Yankees (107-47, AL) vs. Chicago Cubs (90-64, NL)
1936 Franklin D. Roosevelt
Alfred M. Landon
Norman Thomas
Democratic
Republican
Socialist

523
8
0

World Series (4-2):  New York Yankees (102-51, AL) vs. New York Giants (92-62, NL)
1940 Franklin D. Roosevelt
Wendell L. Willkie
Norman Thomas
Democratic
Republican
Socialist

449
82
0

World Series (4-3):  Cincinnati Reds (100-53, NL) vs. Detroit Tigers (90-64, AL)
1944 Franklin D. Roosevelt
Thomas E. Dewey
Norman Thomas
Democratic
Republican
Socialist

432
99
0

World Series (4-2):  St. Louis Cardinals (105-49, NL) vs. St. Louis Browns (89-65, AL)
1948 Harry S. Truman
Thomas E. Dewey
J. Strom Thurmond
Henry A. Wallace
Norman Thomas
Democratic
Republican
States’ Rights Dem.
Progressive
Socialist

303
189
39
0
0

World Series (4-2):  Cleveland Indians (97-58, AL) vs. Boston Braves (91-62, NL)
1952 Dwight D. Eisenhower
Adlai E. Stevenson
Republican
Democratic

442
89

World Series (4-3):  New York Yankees (95-59, AL) vs. Brooklyn Dodgers (96-57, NL)
1956 Dwight D. Eisenhower
Adlai E. Stevenson
Republican
Democratic

457
73

World Series (4-3):  New York Yankees (97-57, AL) vs. Brooklyn Dodgers (93-61, NL)
1960 John F. Kennedy
Richard M. Nixon
Democratic
Republican

303
219

World Series (4-3):  Pittsburgh Pirates (95-59, NL) vs. New York Yankees (97-57, AL)
1964 Lyndon B. Johnson
Barry M. Goldwater
Democratic
Republican

486
52

World Series (4-3):  St. Louis Cardinals (93-69, NL) vs. New York Yankees (99-63, AL)
1968 Richard M. Nixon
Hubert H. Humphrey
George C. Wallace
Republican
Democratic
American Independent

301
191
46

World Series (4-3):  Detroit Tigers (103-59, AL) vs. St. Louis Cardinals (97-65, NL)
1972 Richard M. Nixon
George McGovern
John G. Schmitz
Republican
Democratic
American

520
17
0

World Series (4-3):  Oakland Athletics (93-62, AL) vs. Cincinnati Reds (95-59, NL)
1976 Jimmy Carter
Gerald R. Ford
Eugene J. McCarthy
Democratic
Republican
Independent

297
240
0

World Series (4-0):  Cincinnati Reds (102-60, NL) vs. New York Yankees (97-62, AL)
1980 Ronald Reagan
Jimmy Carter
John B. Anderson
Republican
Democratic
Independent

489
49
0

World Series (4-2):  Philadelphia Phillies (91-71, NL) vs. Kansas City Royals (97-65, AL)
1984 Ronald Reagan
Walter F. Mondale
Republican
Democratic

525
13

World Series (4-1):  Detroit Tigers (104-58, AL) vs. San Diego Padres (92-70, NL)
1988 George H. Bush
Michael S. Dukakis
Republican
Democratic

426
111

World Series (4-1):  Los Angeles Dodgers (94-67, NL) vs. Oakland Athletics (104-58, AL)
1992 William J. Clinton
George H. Bush
H. Ross Perot
Democratic
Republican
Independent

370
168
0

World Series (4-2):  Toronto Blue Jays (96-66, AL) vs. Atlanta Braves (98-64, NL)
1996 William J. Clinton
Robert J. Dole
H. Ross Perot
Democratic
Republican
Reform Party

379
159
0

World Series (4-2):  New York Yankees (92-70, AL) vs. Atlanta Braves (96-66, NL)
2000 George W. Bush
Albert A. Gore
Ralph Nader
Republican
Democratic
Green Party

271
266
0

World Series (4-1):  New York Yankees (87-74, AL) vs. New York Mets (94-68, NL)
2004 George W. Bush
John F. Kerry
Republican
Democratic

286
251

World Series (4-0):  Boston Red Sox (98-64, AL) vs. St. Louis Cardinals (105-57, NL)
2008 Barack Obama
John McCain
Democratic
Republican

365
173

World Series (4-1):  Philadelphia Phillies (92-70, NL) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (97-65, AL)
2012 Barack Obama
Mitt Romney
Democratic
Republican
World Series (4-0):  San Francisco Giants (94-68, NL) vs. Detroit Tigers (88-74, AL)

 

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