The city of Frankfurt, Germany claims to have "invented" the hot dog in 1484. This is where the name "frankfurter" or "frank" comes from. The first smoked sausage arrived in America in the 19th century.
The Polo Grounds in New York City. Hot dogs were sold from hot water tanks as vendors shouted, "Get your Dachshund sausages while they're red hot!" Sports Cartoonist Tad Dorgan sketched a cartoon of a barking dachshund sausages nestled in warm buns. Unsure of how to spell dachshund, he simply wrote "Hot Dog". The cartoon was a sensation and the term "hot dog" was born.
Bavarian concessionaire, Anton Feuchtwanger, most likely introduced the traditional hot dog on a bun during the St. Louis "Louisiana Purchase Exposition" in 1904. He loaned white gloves to his patrons to hold his piping hot sausages. When most of the gloves were not returned, her reportedly asked his brother-in-law, a baker, for help. The baker invented long, soft rolls that fit the meat.
Americans enjoy seven billion hot dogs between Memorial Day and Labor Day. This means that about 818 hot dogs are consumed every second during this time period, amounting to over $1.7 billion in retail sales. The average American consumes roughly 65 hot dogs per year.
On Independence Day, Americans will enjoy roughly 150 million hot dogs, enough to stretch from D.C. to L.A. over five times!
Los Angeles residents consume more hot dogs than any other city (over 95 million), beating out Baltimore/Washington and New York.
Top Hot Dog Consuming Cities (by volume) — 2012 1. Los Angeles 2. New York 3. Baltimore/Washington 4. Chicago 5. Philadelphia 6. South Carolina 7. Atlanta 8. Detroit 9. Houston
Chicago's O'Hare International Airport consumes SIX times more hot dogs (725,000) more than Los Angeles International Airport and LaGuardia Airport combined.
U.S. soldiers in military posts around the world from Fort Meyers in Arlington, VA. To Okinawa, Japan to Aqaba, Jordon, consumed 2.4 million hot dogs in a year.
Consumption at major league ballparks in the United States, ballparks are expected to sell 20,421,361 hot dogs this season.
63% of baseball fans listed hot dogs as the one ballpark food they could not live without.
Professional ballparks alone will sell 30 million hot dogs.
An average baseball hot dog vendor sells approximately 150 hot dogs per game and 10,000 to 12,000 hot dogs per season.