Top of page

Exhibition Baseball Americana

Baseball Fans—“Hot dogs” for Fans Waiting for Gates to Open at Ebbets Field, 1920. Gelatin silver print. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (043.00.00)

Hot Dogs Rule

Humphrey Bogart once pointed out that “A hot dog at the ballpark is better than a steak at the Ritz,” and based on sales, many agree, the relative costs notwithstanding. The term “hot dog” and its appearance at ballparks date back to the early 1890s. For the last several seasons, about twenty million hot dogs have been consumed annually at major league parks, with fans of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Texas Rangers, and Cleveland Indians eating the most.