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To celebrate President’s Day, The Captain’s Blog dug deep into its dusty archives to uncover one of the most highly sought after video clips dealing with baseball and the U.S. Presidency. The elusive footage, which features Pete Rose and President Reagan, had escaped capture on the internet until today, so sit back and enjoy this unique treasure.

The video below takes place during a postgame press conference on August 10, 1981, the day Rose broke Stan Musial’s all-time National League hit record with tally number 3,631. While standing between Musial and baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn, Rose was handed a red phone, but actually getting through to the President proved to be rather difficult. During the whole ordeal, Rose had the assembled crowd in stitches, but the funniest remark comes about 13 seconds into the video when he makes a veiled reference to the air traffic controller strike that had taken place one week earlier. Two days after the strike, President Reagan terminated all who had participated, which not only caused quite a political stir, but ultimately set Rose up with the perfect punchline.

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(In addition to appearing at The Captain’s Blog, this post is also being syndicated at TheYankeeAnalysts. It has also been updated from its initial publication on April 26, 2010).

Instead of worrying about who will fill out the starting rotation or occupy the backend of the bench, Yankees’ fans seeking to predict the team’s performance in 2011 might be better off considering who currently resides in the White House. Over the last 50 years, the Yankees have thrived under Democrat administrations, but come up empty when a Republican received his mail at1600 Pennsylvania. The Yankees last championship under the GOP dates all the way back to 1958, when Dwight Eisenhower was the commander in chief. Since then, all nine of the Yankees World Series victories have come with a Democrat leading the nation. I never like to mix politics and sports, but perhaps that’s something to keep in mind the next time you enter a polling booth during a presidential election.

Yankees Record by Political Party

  W L T Pct R RA AL WS
Democrats 4509 3225 44 0.583 38294 31556 23 20
Republicans 5161 4136 49 0.555 45171 40354 17 7

Yankees Record by Presidential Administration

  W L T Pct R RA AL WS
Warren Harding 257 146 0 0.638 2227 1706 2 0
John Kennedy 309 176 1 0.637 2358 1839 3 2
Franklin Roosevelt 1156 677 17 0.631 10355 7705 7 6
Dwight Eisenhower 761 468 4 0.619 6140 4695 6 3
Barack Obama 198 126 0 0.611 1774 1446 1 1
Herbert Hoover 375 240 4 0.610 4030 3157 1 1
Harry Truman 747 483 3 0.607 6279 4860 5 5
Jimmy Carter 392 255 0 0.606 3120 2567 2 2
George W. Bush 775 518 2 0.599 7048 5994 2 0
Calvin Coolidge 493 331 5 0.598 4522 3680 4 3
Bill Clinton 724 504 1 0.590 6738 5659 4 4
Gerald Ford 215 156 0 0.580 1644 1344 1 0
Ronald Reagan 677 562 0 0.546 5854 5345 1 0
Richard Nixon 468 444 2 0.513 3526 3419 0 0
William McKinley 60 59 2 0.504 67 69 0 0
Lyndon Johnson 401 406 6 0.497 3010 2945 1 0
Woodrow Wilson 582 598 16 0.493 4660 4535 0 0
Theodore Roosevelt 504 535 21 0.485 4876 5172 0 0
William Taft 288 318 9 0.475 2529 2709 0 0
George H.W. Bush 288 359 0 0.445 2708 3064 0 0

 

Presidential Performance

  • Best Winning Percentage: Warren Harding (.638, from 1921 to August 2, 1923)
  • Worst Winning Percentage: George HW Bush (.445, from 1989-1992)
  • Most AL Pennants: Franklin Roosevelt (7, from 1933-1944)
  • Most World Series Victories: Franklin Roosevelt (6, from 1933-1944)
  • Best Season (By Win%): Calvin Coolidge (1927, 110-44)
  • Worst Season (By Win%): William Taft (1912, 50-102-1)
  • Best Run Differential: Franklin Roosevelt (1939, +2.70 runs/game)
  • Worst Run Differential: Theodore Roosevelt (1908, -1.63 runs/game)

 Presidential Trivia

  • Lyndon Johnson and Woodrow Wilson are the only two Democrats under whose administration the Yankees have not won a World Series. The Yankees have failed to win a championship under nine different Republican presidents.
  • There have been three presidential successions during a Yankees season: McKinley to Roosevelt in 1901; Harding to Coolidge in 1923; and Nixon to Ford in 1974.
  • Yankee pitchers have thrown eight no-hitters under a Democrat president and four no-hitters under a Republican.
  • Yankee batters have hit for eight cycles under a Democrat president and seven cycles under a Republican.
  • Of the Yankees five Cy Young award winners, three came under a Democrat president and two came under a Republican.
  • Of the Yankees 20 MVPs, 11 came under a Democrat president and nine came under a Republican.

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