Well it’s getting close to my favorite time of year Base ball! And along with that grillin’ time. Here are just a few fun filled facts to get you in the Hot Dog mode!
Hot Dogs have long been associated with sports –– particularly baseball.
According to a national poll conducted June 11-15, 2008, by the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council:
- Hot Dogs once again dominated fans’ favorite stadium fare. Sixty-three percent of fans listed hot dogs as the one ballpark food they could not live without. Peanuts ranked second with 18 percent, followed by pizza, cotton candy and, finally, cracker jacks.
- Eighty-eight percent of those polled said they have eaten a hot dog at a sporting event in the past year, or will eat one at a sporting event this year.
- The Chicago and New York hot dog rivalry only intensified as Wrigley Field and Yankee Stadium tied for home of the best stadium hot dog. Rogers Centre, home of the Toronto Blue Jays, was the only MLB stadium to not receive a single vote. While Canada may be known for its bacon and ice hockey, hot dogs still reign in the USA.
- And….Babe Ruth was voted most likely to win a hot dog eating contest among current and former players. The Babe won handily with 42 percent of the vote, with John Kruk (17 percent) and Tommy Lasorda (15 percent) finishing second and third, respectively. Interestingly enough, Prince Fielder, a self-proclaimed vegetarian, took in 8 percent of the vote.
- Legend has it the Babe once ate 12 hot dogs and eight bottles of soda between games of a doubleheader.
- Americans eat 7 billion hot dogs during peak season, from Memorial Day to Labor Day. That’s 818 hot dogs per second. Nearly 6,000 were consumed in the time it’s taken you to read this far.
- A good chunk of those are consumed at major league baseball parks – The national hot dog council estimates that ballparks will sell 30 million hot dogs this season.
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