The classic baseball anthem “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” was originally played during Vaudeville acts and intermissions at nickelodeons. It is popularly held that Jack Norworth, the song’s lyricist, had never attended a baseball game before writing the famous song.
Joey Chestnut was the champion of 2011’s Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest in Brooklyn, N.Y. To earn the title of hot dog victor, Chestnut wolfed down 62 dogs and buns in a mere 10 minutes—the equivalent of about 20,000 calories.
Cracker Jack was invented by a German Immigrant at the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago. According to popular lore, the name came about when a salesman exclaimed, "That's a Cracker Jack!" upon tasting the confection.
Major League ballparks are predicted to serve almost 22.5 million hot dogs this year, which is enough that if laid end-to-end, the dogs would stretch from AT&T park in San Francisco to Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati.
Some vintage Cracker Jack prizes are priced at almost $7,000.
A German immigrant opened the nation’s first hot dog stand in Coney Island in 1871. During its first year of operation, the stand sold over 3,000 franks.
One-third of Major League ball clubs now designate special “peanut-free” seating to accommodate fans with severe peanut allergies.
The first sausage is believed to trace its roots back to 64 A.D. when the cook of Emperor Nero Claudius Caesar stuffed pig intestines with ground meat and spices.
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