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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) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Bote Man Posted: March 19, 2017 at 11:10 AM (#5419497)
Steamed peanuts, eh? I watched some guys ooooh and ahhhh over boiled peanuts in south Georgia. There are few foods that will induce vomiting quicker! Thank goodness for the hot dog.
   2. Renegade (((JE))) Posted: March 19, 2017 at 11:24 AM (#5419501)
And all this time I thought it was Abner Doubleday who invented the hot dog. Or was it the rotary engine?
   3. Greg K Posted: March 19, 2017 at 12:51 PM (#5419530)
Steamed peanuts, eh? I watched some guys ooooh and ahhhh over boiled peanuts in south Georgia. There are few foods that will induce vomiting quicker! Thank goodness for the hot dog.

Pickled eggs maybe? I really like them, but you do have to jam them in your face quickly before you get a whiff.
   4. Scott Lange Posted: March 19, 2017 at 01:31 PM (#5419543)
Steamed peanuts, eh? I watched some guys ooooh and ahhhh over boiled peanuts in south Georgia. There are few foods that will induce vomiting quicker!

Wait, what? Who doesn't like boiled peanuts? I don't even see what might turn somebody off. I mean, I like many pickled foods, but I understand someone being turned off by the vinegar flavor. But boiled peanuts? What's not to like?!
   5. PreservedFish Posted: March 19, 2017 at 01:39 PM (#5419546)
I was wondering the same thing. They seem unobjectionable.
   6. Bote Man Posted: March 19, 2017 at 05:13 PM (#5419598)
Boiled peanuts are reminiscent of little blobs of snot with even less flavor. I suppose you could boil 'em, mash 'em, stick 'em in a stew, but for me roasting and seasoning is far preferable.
   7. simpleton & childlike gef the talking mongoose Posted: March 19, 2017 at 05:54 PM (#5419613)
Boiled peanuts are better than boiled gravel. Probably.
   8. Satan Says Posted: March 19, 2017 at 06:04 PM (#5419616)
Damned carpetbaggers.
   9. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: March 19, 2017 at 06:56 PM (#5419635)
Boiled peanuts are better than boiled gravel. Probably.


ummm--no they're not--and it's pronounced "bolled peanuts"
   10. Bote Man Posted: March 19, 2017 at 08:54 PM (#5419657)
ummm--no they're not--and it's pronounced "bolled peanuts"

Maybe if yuh from All-BENNY!
   11. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: March 19, 2017 at 09:48 PM (#5419671)
I want to see the cartoon.
   12. villainx Posted: March 19, 2017 at 11:02 PM (#5419681)
I see boiled (or steamed) peanuts in Chinatown more often than not at certain produce markets/stalls. Got to be pretty good.
   13. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: March 20, 2017 at 01:45 AM (#5419700)
Yeah, boiled peanuts are definitely a thing in China.

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