Dr. ph. and professor emeritus of the University of Roosevelt Bruce Kraig believes that the Germans have always loved sausages with bread, that is why it is likely that it was the German settlers who had introduced into American everyday life a product today known as a hot dog. An important part in the history of the hot dog has become the World’s Columbian Exhibition, held in 1893 in Chicago. During the six months of the exhibition, it has been visited by 27 million people who has tested the mass production of hot dogs.
In addition, since 1893, hot dogs actually have turned into standard food, which was sold to visitors of baseball stadiums. It is believed that the first person who has offered hot dogs to the fans was Chris Von de Ahe, a bar owner in St. Louis, co-owner of the local baseball team and a German immigrant.
The familiar sight – sausage inside the buns – as the standard of hot dog was acquired later. It is said, that this had happened during the world fair in Louisiana, which had been organized in 1904 in honor of the centenary of the significant event of American history — the Louisiana purchase, when France had sold its possessions on the continent to the United States. Bavaria-born, Anton Feuchtwanger sold hot sausages at the fair, and that it was convenient to keep without burning, he rented white gloves. Alas, the gloves were usually not returned, which almost led to the collapse of profitable trade. From bankruptcy Feuchtwanger was saved by brother-in-law – baker. Having attended to the problems of a relative, he made a long soft buns, the same size as the sausages.
A number of stories associated with the appearance of the name “hot dog”. According to one version, it had happened on a cool April day in 1901 at the New-York stadium “Polo Grounds”. Sausage peddlers ran between the levels and loudly offered hot dachshunds to everyone. Of course, this was an exaggeration, but the boys assured that their sausages were red-hot.
Presented at the match, the sports magazine cartoonist Tad Dorgan immediately came up with a cartoon: the barking sausages-dachshund wrapped in a bun. Not knowing exactly how to spell the German word “dachshund”, Dorgan signed his image simple and short — “hot dog”, hot dog. The cartoon was very popular. But, unfortunately, modern historians can not find its traces in the archives.
According to another version, Yale students, as evidenced the publication in the local newspaper «Yale Record» for October 19 1895 created the term «hot dog». On the University campus the sellers of sausages, set a small stalls, which students sarcastically called a dog kennels. However, sarcasm did not prevent students to buy delicious and cheap “hot dogs.” People, “satisfied chewing hot dogs”, are just mentions a newspaper article.
Finally, the most prosaic version connects the name with the fact that numerous small producers of the popular product used meat for it, choose words carefully, of unknown origin.