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Do the Red Sox win more in the rain? Heat?

The Sox by numbers.

The grounds crew removed the tarp after a brief rain storm during a game against the Tampa Bay Rays inning at Fenway Park.

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The grounds crew removed the tarp after a brief rain storm during a game against the Tampa Bay Rays inning at Fenway Park.

Weatherball

Raining, sweating, winning? By Alvin Chang

The good news is, you’re not imagining things: 2013 has so far been one of the hottest and wettest summers on record for Boston. And the better news? The Red Sox tend to have a slightly better record when the summers are miserable. This may just be statistical noise. But on the off chance it isn’t, we’ll take one for the team.

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Top four hottest and wettest summers since 1920:

1955

Average rainfall: 6.8 inches/month

Average high temperature: 79.3° F

Win-loss percentage: 0.545

That August, it rained more than 17 inches in Boston--still the record. According to news reports, this caused a rat problem in the city. At least the Sox were 47-31 at Fenway.

1959

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Average rainfall: 5.0 inches/month

Average high temperature: 78.6° F

Win-loss percentage: 0.487

No, the 16-plus inches of rain in both June and July wasn’t the worst thing about the summer. Slugger Ted Williams had the worst season of his career, batting .254.

1938

Average rainfall: 6.1 inches/month

Average high temperature: 76.9° F

Win-loss percentage: 0.591

This wasn’t a particularly hot summer, but Boston got 25 inches of rain from June through September, making it the second wettest since 1920. The Sox were dominant at Fenway, finishing 52-23.

2010

Average rainfall: 3.3 inches/month

Average high temperature: 80.7° F

Win-loss percentage: 0.549

There wasn’t too much rain in the summer of 2010, just steady heat from June (78.8 ° F) to July (85.8 ° F) to August (81.4 ° F). The Sox were decent, but missed the playoffs--and they haven’t been back since.

THE KEY

Red Sox Win-Loss Percentage

.279

.675

Average High Temperature

74.5 F

82.1 F

Average Precipitation

1.1 inches/month

6.8 inches/month

Note: Data use months of June, July, August, and September.

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