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Q. Can a team’s jersey color help it win?

The Prof says: Back in the 19th century, Santa Claus used to wear red, green, or even blue, but red won out in the end. Red wins in sports, too. Take baseball for example. Out of all the color combinations, teams in red have won two of the last five World Series: the St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox. The other three Series were won by the Giants, who wear orange — a mixture of red and yellow.

(full article published in Sports Illustrated Kids, December 2014)