It’s time to celebrate.
Today, July 19th, is annual National Hot Dog Day.
That’s right! Sports fans get to lift their glasses of iced tea and lemonade or even raise a bottle of their favorite adult beverage and toast the undisputed king of packaged meats – the hot dog.
Sure, it’s self-serving that the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council originally spearheaded this annual monthly celebration. But, what sports fan, or non-vegetarian American can’t applaud the council’s ambitious yearly promotion and prudent market awareness campaign?
Not just sports fans, but Americans of every shape, size, color and creed love their tube steaks. From time to time, even ultra health conscious individuals can;t resist 100% natural hot dogs with zero preservatives and no nitrates.
Americans Consume 8 Billion Hot Dogs a Tear
According to www.hot-dog.org , Americans typically consume 7 billion, yes 7 billion, hot dogs between Memorial Day and Labor Day each year. That’s 818 hot dogs every second!
Dating back hundreds of years, Vienna and Frankfurt may still dispute the genesis of the beloved hot dog.
However, these famous franks have undoubtedly become the American sports fan’s favorite food at the ballpark for more than a century.
And, the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council boast the numbers prove it.
Major League Baseball alone sold a staggering 21 million hot dogs in 2014, while Los Angeles surpassed all other US cities with a total consumption of 39 million hot dogs.
Whether consuming a chili dog, corn dog, cheese dog or foot long ball park hot dog with other toppings, the average America noshes on 60 frankfurters per year, making condiment companies French’s and Heinz happy, too!
The hot dog has always ranked as the top food choice at ball park concession stands across America since introduced in 1901 at a baseball game at the old New York Polo Grounds. Sports cartoonist Tad Morgan called the then hot dachshund sausage a hot dog and the name stuck.
Now, undoubtedly one of America’s most cherished comfort foods, the former hot dachshund sausage spawned a burgeoning industry of packaged meat brands; namely, Nathan’s, Hebrew National, Ball Park Franks, Dietz and Watson and arguably everybody’s favorite – Oscar Meyer Wieners.
You may prefer Nathan’s over Hebrew National, but you’re a liar if you don’t admit you, too, once sang along to, “I’d love to be an Oscar Meyer Wiener!”
Come on’ how can you not love the Oscar Meyer wiener mobile?
MIKE on Sports! Podcast on “Racing Weenies”
Also, here’s a popular podcast I wrote a while ago about my favorite packaged meat mascots racing around the baseball field at Miller Park in Milwaukee.
I refer to these in-game entertainers as “real wieners!”
And, Happy National Hot Dog Day to you!
MIKE – the ultimate talking head on sports!