Did the Dodgers Just Hand Biden the Election? This World Series Stat Is Good News for Democrats

The Los Angeles Dodgers ended a 32-year wait for a World Series title on Tuesday night, defeating the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 in Game 6 to finally lift the Commissioner's Trophy having fallen at the final hurdle twice in the last three seasons.

Coming as it did just two weeks after the Los Angeles Lakers ended a 10-year wait for the NBA title, the Dodgers' triumph in the Fall Classic marks the first time since 1988 the Lakers and the Dodgers can both call themselves world champions in the same year.

Away from the sporting arena, the Dodgers' World Series victory could be seen as a positive omen for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, who according to FiveThirtyEight's average of presidential election polls leads President Donald Trump by a 26-point margin in California ahead of the November 3 presidential election.

Up until Tuesday night, the Dodgers' last World Series triumph came in 1988, a year which also marked the last time a former vice president won the race to the White House as incumbent Republican Vice President George H.W. Bush won both the Electoral College and the popular vote to defeat Democratic candidate Michael Dukakis.

Bush senior carried 40 states, securing 426 electoral votes and winning 53.4 percent of the popular vote. Significantly, he was also the last Republican to carry California, which voted for the Democratic candidate in each of the seven presidential elections held in the following 32 years.

Less than a month before Bush won his first term, the Dodgers had clinched a second World Series title in seven years after defeating the highly-favored Oakland Athletics in five games, becoming the only MLB to win more than one World Series during the 1980s.

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The Los Angeles Dodgers pose for a photo after defeating the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 in Game Six to win the 2020 MLB World Series at Globe Life Field on October 27 in Arlington, Texas. Ronald Martinez/Getty

The Dodgers won the National League West by seven games over the Cincinnati Reds, before defeating the New York Mets in seven games in the National League Championship Series—until the 1994 expansion, the postseason consisted of one round per league before the World Series. The Athletics, meanwhile, won 104 games en route to the American League West title, before sweeping the Boston Red Sox in the Championship Series.

Game 1 of the World Series set the tone and ensured the series would go down in baseball folklore courtesy of the pinch-hit walk-off home run Dodgers outfielder Kirk Gibson hit, despite being barely able to walk.

Gibson had injured both of his legs during the National League Championship Series, damaging his left left hamstring while stealing second base in Game 5 and his right knee while sliding into second base in Game 7.

Gibson was unable to start Game 1 but with his team down 4-3 in the bottom of the ninth and two out, he emerged to bat as Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda rolled the dice for the final time.

Facing Dennis Eckersley, who led the American League in saves with 45 that year and had not conceded a home run since in over two months, Gibson flailed at a couple of pitches and reached a full count. Eventually, however, he got the pitch he was looking for and crushed it for a walk-off homer as the Dodgers took Game 1 at home.

The Dodgers won Game 2 in Los Angeles, before the series moved to Oakland, with the A's halving the deficit only for the Dodgers to win Game 4 and Game 5 on the road.

Four years later, Bush ran again for president but lost to Bill Clinton, becoming only the third incumbent since World War II, along with Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford, to be defeated at the polls.

The Toronto Blue Jays marked their first appearance in the World Series with a 4-2 win over the Atlanta Braves, who had lost in seven games to the Minnesota Twins 12 months earlier.

The two teams split the first two games in Atlanta, before the Blue Jays won Game 3 and Game 4 in Toronto to take a 3-1 lead. The Braves kept the series alive with a dominant win in Game 5, before the series returned to Atlanta when the Blue Jays took Game 6 after 11 innings.

In 2000, meanwhile, Al Gore followed in the steps of Bush Sr. attempting to become president after serving as VP.

Ironically, however, the Democratic candidate lost out to Bush's son in one of the closest elections in US history, which required a recount and led to a month-long legal battle settled by the U.S. Supreme Court 5-4 in favor of George W. Bush.

A few weeks before the election, the New York Yankees clinched a third consecutive title after defeating the New York Mets in five games in the first Fall Classic contested by the two Big Apple teams in 44 years.

It took the Yankees 12 innings to win the series opener at home by one run, before they won Game 2 by the same margin. The Mets halved the deficit as the series moved from the Bronx to Queens, but the Yankees won Game 4 and Game on the road to clinch the title.

While the Dodgers' triumph on Tuesday night is a good omen for Biden, Trump can find solace in the Lakers' winning the NBA title two weeks ago.

Of the 17 titles the Lakers have won, five of them arrived in presidential election years, with a Republican candidate being elected on each occasion.