Paskin: A frank history of the Dodger Dog

From Julia Paskin at LAist on June 25, 2018:

It’s baseball season in Los Angeles — that magical six (but hopefully seven) months when Dodger fans pile into Chavez Ravine to root for the Blue Crew. For many fans, a trip to the iconic ballpark isn’t complete without chowing down on a Dodger Dog.

The Doger Dog is one of the most iconic team dishes of any sports league but it’s come to mean more to fans than just a snack during the seventh-inning stretch. KPCC’s Take Two took a trip up Vin Scully Avenue to find out where the local culinary curiosity came from and how fans formed such an emotional connection to a ten-inch frank.


The Dodger Dog seems like it would be as old as the Dodgers themselves, but the team’s signature snack was born and bred in L.A. — though there was some East Coast inspiration. When Dodger Stadium opened in 1962 following the team’s move west from New York, the team concessions director, Thomas Arthur, wanted to capture a little bit of that old-school Brooklyn charm.

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Originally published: June 28, 2018. Last Updated: June 28, 2018.