The History of the Sausage Race

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Written by: Matt Shock (@shockwave_music)

Edited by: Curt Ashcraft (@cashcraft740)

One of the many things that make baseball such a great game is the ebb and flow of the games.  There are pauses between every half-inning, which makes it possible for fans to grab a hot dog and a beer without ever missing a pitch.  This spare time also leaves lots of room for goofy contests and promotions, especially at the Minor League level.  However, the most notable of all of these contests got its start at the Major League level…and in Milwaukee, its participants are known as The Famous Racing Sausages.

Yesterday, as I was taking in a day game at Huntington Park with my nephew, I got to wondering exactly how such a random event as a sausage race came to be what it is today.  By the way, the Clippers have a hot dog race, and ketchup won.

Anyhow, I decided to go to the ever-reliable source for all human knowledge that is Wikipedia.  Oddly enough, I learned way more about the good old sausage race than I ever thought I would.  Apparently, it all started at County Stadium, the former home of the Milwaukee Brewers.  Originally, the sausages just raced on the scoreboard, but eventually the event became the live-action thrill we know it to be today.

There are a total of five sausages that race in from left field during every game at Miller Park:  Brett the Bratwurst - #1, Stosh the Polish Sausage - #2, Guido the Italian Sausage - #3, Frank Furter the Hot Dog - #4, and Cinco the Chorizo - #5.  As you can see the picture above, they all have costumes to match their wonderfully stereotypical names.

Now some folks think the Racing Sausages are stupid (one of the many reasons I hate Prince Fielder as a matter of fact), but me…I couldn’t love them more!  What can be better than larger-than-life caricatures of ballpark food racing around the warning track?  I’ll tell you what…nothing.  I’m thinking about ordering the Famous Racing Sausages Fathead just to decorate our spare room!  (Yes, that product does in fact exist)  It’s this kind of weirdness that makes baseball such a wonderful game, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

So the next time you head out to a ballgame and witness some hotdogs, pierogies, or even presidents running around the warning track…just remember that it all started with The Famous Racing Sausages in Milwaukee.  Anything else is just a cheap imitation.

By the way, there is a great page about The Famous Racing Sausages on the Milwaukee Brewers website.  I highly recommend checking it out.

On an unrelated note…WE HAVE A WINNER!

Congratulations to Korey Keplinger for submitting the team nickname “Murderer’s Row” in our contest.  Korey, you get to Eat Fresh on us with a $10 Subway gift card!  Email Matt at mbshock@hotmail.com so he can get your information.  You have a week to claim your prize, or Curt and I will use the card for ourselves!  Don’t fool yourself into thinking that we won’t do it.