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Derby remembers hot dog inventor

An English town is marking the 150th anniversary of the inventor of the hot dog. Harry M. Stevens, born in Derby in 1856, was a humble caterer who emigrated to the USA in the 1880s.

An English town is marking the 150th anniversary of the inventor of the hot dog. Harry M. Stevens, born in Derby in 1856, was a humble caterer who emigrated to the USA in the 1880s. With his vendors at a baseball game at New York City’s Polo Ground in 1901, he sold hot ‘dachshund’ sausages in rolls – a snack later abbreviated by newspaper cartoonist Tad Dorgan to “hot dog”. The drawing became famous, as did the hot dog’s association with baseball.

In honour of Stevens, Derby, 132 miles north of London, will launch a Sausage and Ale Trail, leading visitors to places selling some of the best sausages and real ale – including butchers, farmers markets and micro-breweries. The trail is planned to launch at the Derbyshire Food and Drink Fair (May 20-21) and will feature at Derby Beer Festival (July 5-9). Baseball legend Babe Ruth is said to have called Derby’s hot dog man “my second dad.” Website: www.visitderby.co.uk


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