Tabulating the World Series Champions State by State

This table shows a list of the 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., and Ontario, their populations as of mid-2009, the number of World Series titles each state has won, and the ratio of population to Series titles:

State July 2009 Pop. Titles Ratio
U.S. 307,006,550          104          2,951,986
Alabama 4,708,708
Alaska 698,473
Arizona 6,595,778 1           6,595,778
Arkansas 2,889,450
California 36,961,664 11 3,360,151
Colorado 5,024,748
Connecticut 3,518,288
Delaware 885,122
District of Columbia 599,657 1 599,657
Florida 18,537,969 2 9,268,984
Georgia 9,829,211 1 9,829,211
Hawaii 1,295,178
Idaho 1,545,801
Illinois 12,910,409 5 2,582,082
Indiana 6,423,113
Iowa 3,007,856
Kansas 2,818,747
Kentucky 4,314,113
Louisiana 4,492,076
Maine 1,318,301
Maryland 5,699,478 3 1,899,826
Massachusetts 6,593,587 8 824,198
Michigan 9,969,727 4 2,492,432
Minnesota 5,266,214 2 2,633,107
Mississippi 2,951,996
Missouri 5,987,580 11 544,325
Montana 974,989
Nebraska 1,796,619
Nevada 2,643,085
New Hampshire 1,324,575
New Jersey 8,707,739
New Mexico 2,009,671
New York 19,541,453 35 558,327
North Carolina 9,380,884
North Dakota 646,844
Ohio 11,542,645 7 1,648,949
Oklahoma 3,687,050
Oregon 3,825,657
Pennsylvania 12,604,767 12 1,050,397
Rhode Island 1,053,209
South Carolina 4,561,242
South Dakota 812,383
Tennessee 6,296,254
Texas 24,782,302
Utah 2,784,572
Vermont 621,760
Virginia 7,882,590
Washington 6,664,195
West Virginia 1,819,777
Wisconsin 5,654,774 1 5,654,774
Wyoming 544,270
Ontario 13,210,667 2 6,605,333

What do we see from the data? Well, Missouri is the home of baseball champions, in the sense that it has the lowest population to titles ratio of any of the states. Texas is the only state with much more than 5 million people, at least one MLB team, and no titles. Florida, at nearly 10 million to one, has the lowest ratio of any state with a Series-winning team. You might say that this shows Missouri to be a winning state and Florida and Texas to be loser states, but this list doesn’t correct for the number of MLB seasons in a state or franchise shifts over the decades, much less for the birthplace of the players on the Series-winning teams.

Here’s a categorizing of the names of the 106 Series-winning teams who are:

named after animals 23
named after people 68
named after colors/articles of clothing 14
named after heavenly creatures 1

By the way, the South is still the most under-represented region in MLB, since Virginia, Tennessee, and North Carolina are among the most crowded states without a team. Here’s a table of the 18 states (and one province) that have MLB teams:

California 5
Texas 2
Washington 1
Illinois 2
Missouri 2
Michigan 1
Ohio 2
New York 2
Massachusetts 1
Pennsylvania 2
Florida 2
Colorado 1
Arizona 1
Wisconsin 1
Georgia 1
D.C. 1
Maryland 1
Ontario 1
Minnesota 1
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  1. Actually, that’s 17 states, plus D.C. and Ontario. Having lived in the South for a couple of years now, I really don’t think they give a crap about baseball down here anyway. They are football crazy. Even the Braves don’t draw much interest, and they’ve been pretty successful over the past couple of decades.
    Not sure California needs five teams anymore, though.
    Interesting data,
    Bill

  2. Missouri is even more the state of baseball champions now; their ratio is more like 500,000 to 1, and Texas is still without an MLB title. Missouri has had 4 MLB teams, which is weird given its fairly small population.


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