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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Q&A with great-great-grandson of hot dog inventor

Parson: It was Opening Day 1901 at the Polo Grounds. The two major concessions items back then were ice cream and steamed peanuts. It was April and it was snowy and nasty, and he was not selling the ice cream. He had the idea to sell German sausages. It turned out they ran out of the waxed paper that the sausages were wrapped in, but still had sausages left. He thought quickly about how he was going to present the remaining sausages and told his errand boy to get a bunch of small French rolls that could be sliced and hold the sausages. He dubbed it a “dachshund sandwich.” A cartoonist with the New York Post got a kick out of the German sausage sitting in a piece of bread and drew a cartoon about it. He stylized this sausage as an actual dachshund sitting in a giant piece of bread. The cartoonist had no idea how to spell dachshund, so he went with “hot dog” as the term for the sandwich in the cartoon.
MLB.com: Truth is stranger than fiction?

Parson: There are still people who will dispute the story, because the cartoon was lost. The original does, however, exist, and we actually have it in the family now. I think it was discovered maybe 10 years ago. The cartoon is really a significant piece of what I guess you would call American leisure history.

MLB.com: After that, Stevens founded Harry M. Stevens Inc., which ran concessions for the three teams in New York at the time—the Dodgers, Giants and Yankees.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 19, 2017 at 09:52 AM | 13 comment(s)
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