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brooklyndodger14
05-21-2006, 09:53 AM
Hello Everybody!

Inspired by an adjacent thread in this forum started by Elvis9045 this past March, I would like to initiate a thread focusing on the ballpark vendors.

A litlle bit about myself, I grew up as a Yankee fan in the 1960's just in time to witness their CBS/pre-Steinbrenner lean years. My parents took me to ballgames maybe 3-4 times a year at the Stadium (I grew up in Upper Manhattan) and when I turned 15 in 1971, my first ever job was as a Yankee vendor. It was a part time occupation that I enjoyed doing until 1983 when I hung up my apron after I got married. I know several vendors who still work the games even today some 35 years after we started together as teenagers.

It was a sheer thrill to regularly go to the ballpark before the gates open, watch the teams take batting practice AND THEN have the opportunity to make some money as the game was played. When I was in college, I started to occasionally bring my 35mm camera to take pictures of my working days and nights there.

I have a lot of great memories, photos, and a few artifacts of that time which I plan to share here as time goes by, but what I would like to propose is opening up an ongoing dialogue of reminices of any vendors who worked at the old ballparks.

Some of the possible topics, in line with Elvis' original questions, would include:

Which ballpark did you work in? What years?
What products did you sell? What brands were they? What prices?
Where was the vendors dressing room located in the ballpark?
What were your best memories your experiences? Did you get to speak with any players?
What was the strangest experience you ever had as a vendor? (I have 2 bizarre stories myself).

In those days, vendors were known as "hawkers" or "hustlers" and were commonly referred to in scorecard advertisements as "the Boy." Any counter personel (both men & women, as I don't recall women vendors at Yankee until after the 1976 renovation) are also invited chime in and share their experiences. Any regular fans may weigh in with a vendor story as well

What I hope to accomplish is to provide an unusual insight for regular fans to see life "backstage" at the ballpark....

Hoping to hear from you!

Dennis
BrooklynDodger14

driver62
05-24-2006, 11:56 AM
.75 for a beer? I take it this was awhile back. When was that? Beer now costs $6.00 and up.

Buckdodgers
05-24-2006, 12:20 PM
Vendors are anoying.If you want a hot dog,Coke or Beer why could you walk up to consession stand?

Williamsburg2599
05-24-2006, 12:41 PM
Vendors are anoying.If you want a hot dog,Coke or Beer why could you walk up to consession stand?Have you ever got chinese food or pizza delevered?thats basically the same thing.Vendors have been there since the beginning of the game,I like them,and sounds like one sweet job.:cool:

Captain Cold Nose
05-24-2006, 12:51 PM
Vendors are anoying.If you want a hot dog,Coke or Beer why could you walk up to consession stand?
I like to score the game from pitch to pitch, which means I don't get up. I like the vendors. It's called convenience. People getting up all the time to go to a concession stand is annoying.

Captain Cold Nose
05-24-2006, 01:01 PM
Have you ever got chinese food or pizza delevered?thats basically the same thing.Vendors have been there since the beginning of the game,I like them,and sounds like one sweet job.:cool:
Trust me, it's not. You're on your feet all game, walking around, so you don't really get a chance to watch the game, and you're hauling all that stuff around. If you're carrying beverages, you'll likely get some spilled on you. A lot.

Buckdodgers
05-24-2006, 01:16 PM
Ushers have a better job than Vendors do.I was an game day staff at Memorial Stadium when the Baltimore Ravens were there.I Get to set up padding at Goal Post put pylons on the field.Put Teams Benches there put Lines on the Field and I watched the Game. Plus i got to meet and speak to the players too.

riverfrontier
05-24-2006, 01:30 PM
Ushers are quite anoying but Vendors delever the food too you're seat.

Food
06-02-2006, 11:08 AM
At the Cardinals' spring training stadium in St. Pete, they had a singing vendor, this old black dude who would really entertain folks by singing little songs between innings. He died in the.....mid 90s, I think,.....but he was great!

brooklyndodger14
06-04-2006, 06:37 PM
.75 for a beer? I take it this was awhile back. When was that? Beer now costs $6.00 and up.


Though that paper hat design goes back to the early 60's, the $.75 price is from 1973, the last year of the "old" Stadium. The sticker covers the 1971-72 beer price of $.65. As you can see by the 1949 photo (taken from a NY Post 2001 Stadium retrospective) suds was sold $.30!

Beer was sold in cans cased at 24 cans per load, or if you were a good selling vendor, you could take out a "Double" of 48. In the 70's we had these huge can openers that would make a gigantic hole in the can to minimize the spray of foam that would come from all the shaking of moving the load around. Each can was opened and poured into a large waxy cup. After the 'new" Stadium opened, beer was largely served draft and cans were abandoned.

Ruppert Beer was the obvious brand sold at Yankee from 1923 until 1946 when Ballantine Beer became the primary beer. They remained the top suds until 1967, when Pabst became the TV sponsor and a brand called Kruger Pilsner sponsored the radio broadcasts. Miller and then Schaefer took over in the 70's.

Dennis
BrooklynDodger14

brooklyndodger14
06-04-2006, 06:54 PM
As best as I can make out, from left to right, you have your choice of a Coffee, Frankfurters, Ice Cream (?), Coca Cola, Peanuts & Cracker Jack (?), and something in Dixie Cups...

(taken from an eBay listing)

Any old Tiger Stadium fans are welcome to comment...

brooklyndodger14
06-04-2006, 08:19 PM
http://www.baseball-fever.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=9871&stc=1&d=1149477363

brooklyndodger14
06-04-2006, 08:25 PM
As best as I can make out, from left to right, you have your choice of a Coffee, Frankfurters, Ice Cream (?), Coca Cola, Peanuts & Cracker Jack (?), and something in Dixie Cups...

(taken from an eBay listing)

Any old Tiger Stadium fans are welcome to comment...
http://www.baseball-fever.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=9872&stc=1&d=1149477721

brooklyndodger14
06-05-2006, 04:51 AM
(picture is from John Durant's "The Story of Baseball in Words & Pictures" (1947, Revised 1949 & 1959, Published by Hastings House, NY)


Selling (from left to right) Coffee ($.10), Bottled Soda ($.10), Frankfurters (price unclear), Ice cream ($.10), Scorecards ($.05), and another Ice Cream.

These vendors were employees of the Harry M. Stevens Company which was the concessionaire to all three New York ballparks. Their uniforms were composed of white pants, white jacket (note the necktie on the hotdog vendor), and white conductors (or Foreign Legion)-type hats with placards announcing the vendors wares and prices attached by elastic around the crown.

Dennis
BrooklynDodger14

brooklyndodger14
06-05-2006, 05:07 AM
(also from Durant's "The Story of Baseball in Words & Pictures")http://www.baseball-fever.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=9891&stc=1&d=1149508835

brooklyndodger14
06-11-2006, 07:35 AM
http://www.baseball-fever.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=10019&stc=1&d=1150036362
(from personal collection, eBay purchase)


In the picture, though it might not be visible in this resolution, the hot dog brand on the bin says "Hygrade" while the ice cream bin names "Vita Lac - Frost Bites". I still cannot determine what box the peanut vendor holds in his left hand, nor what the cups vendor on the far right is carrying.

Would any senior Briggs Stadium fans want to comment on the picture? All responses are welcomed.

What color are the jackets? (I'm simply guessing red with gold trim).

Waht prices are the wares?

Dennis
BrooklynDodger14

redbuck
06-11-2006, 08:32 AM
.75 for a beer? I take it this was awhile back. When was that? Beer now costs $6.00 and up.

$9.50 in St. Louis

Armando Criscione
06-25-2008, 05:41 PM
Hello all. I am new to the forum and this is the greatest site ever! I hope this is the appropriate place for this topic.

I can't image too many of the current uniforms are noteworthy, however, some of the bygone ones are probably worth a look (and maybe a laugh).

Here is a pic of the classic vendor uniforms from Tiger Stadium. :eek:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3001/2612164060_9829f9c1bf_o.jpg

alpineinc
06-25-2008, 05:46 PM
Can't get much better than these at old YS.

http://www.baseball-fever.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=2572&stc=1&d=1121017815

http://www.baseball-fever.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=2573&stc=1&d=1121017869

Gary Dunaier
06-25-2008, 07:57 PM
I think those are ushers in the YS photos, not vendors.

alpineinc
06-25-2008, 08:06 PM
I think those are ushers in the YS photos, not vendors.

Ah yes.

Okay, how about both ushers and vendors. Ushers have to be more interesting, anyway.

Mario Mendoza...HOF Lock
06-25-2008, 08:18 PM
Hello all.* I am new to the forum and this is the greatest site ever!* I hope this is the appropriate place for this topic.I can't image too many of the current uniforms are noteworthy, however, some of the bygone ones are probably worth a look (and maybe a laugh).Here is a pic of the classic vendor uniforms from Tiger Stadium. :eek:http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3001/2612164060_9829f9c1bf_o.jpgI didn't realize Cecil Fielder also served as a vendor :noidea

Mario Mendoza...HOF Lock
06-25-2008, 08:35 PM
Musically, the 70's was a great decade (at least until the late 70's disco crap), but style wise, it was tacky, as these early 70's Yankee Stadium vendor uniforms prove.

They did have character, though.

http://bp2.blogger.com/_Fsh7GWfK4f0/R8NAbe1kOhI/AAAAAAAAA1I/vTqHsXoRBpk/s400/Yankee+Stadium+Food+Vendor+Shirt+(70's).jpg

alpineinc
06-25-2008, 08:36 PM
Okay, how's this.

http://www.baseball-fever.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=38823&stc=1&d=1207164526http://www.baseball-fever.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=37642&stc=1&d=1205528607

mets16
06-26-2008, 07:49 AM
Shea Stadium vendors decked out in their beautiful fluorescent shirts


http://img388.imageshack.us/img388/9971/18vendoryr2.jpg

baseballman1243
06-26-2008, 08:23 AM
We must really be getting desperate for new threads.

six4three
06-26-2008, 09:17 AM
Musically, the 70's was a great decade (at least until the late 70's disco crap), but style wise, it was tacky, as these early 70's Yankee Stadium vendor uniforms prove.

They did have character, though.

http://bp2.blogger.com/_Fsh7GWfK4f0/R8NAbe1kOhI/AAAAAAAAA1I/vTqHsXoRBpk/s400/Yankee+Stadium+Food+Vendor+Shirt+(70's).jpg

Forget the "character" - I just want them to bring a cigar to my seat.

alpineinc
06-26-2008, 05:02 PM
Cool Shea vendor shots from Alida's photos (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alidasphotos/sets/72157605583521415/) on flickr.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3075/2573475271_843621b9b5.jpghttp://farm4.static.flickr.com/3135/2574390410_5dbf589969.jpg

alpineinc
06-26-2008, 05:14 PM
DC

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/76/218020528_7db3b8f254.jpg


Safeco (great hat!)

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/206/511365832_7cce1ec8aa.jpg


Fenway

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/72/194626899_a43da952e2.jpg


O's

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2389/2512736320_1c300cda4c.jpg



Japan (I hear all of the beer vendors are women in some Japanese stadiums)

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/109/307533609_6fb63f59dc.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2065/1861198456_31f1cfdff6.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2332/2522992759_9f87124887.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3234/2522983607_2f679619c1.jpg

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/97/264155741_41cff959d0.jpg


And of course, there's the minor leagues...(Rochester)

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2244/2492666525_b248207941.jpg

Chevy114
06-26-2008, 06:09 PM
I always liked the astors space suits from the early astrodome!

brooklyndodger14
06-26-2008, 10:27 PM
This is me as a hot dog vendor at the "New" Yankee Stadium in June of 1976. These puppies were made by Colonial (who, by the way, also made the official Red Sox haht dawgs sold at Fenway) and would set you back the princely sum of SIXTY FIVE CENTS EACH.

When you think that now you pay about $5 for a dog at the Stadium, its enough to make you choke..... By this time next year, I'll bet a gallon of gas will be cheaper than a Yankee frankee at the NEW Yankee Stadium.


Dennis
BrooklynDodger14

WestSideBomber
07-15-2008, 04:28 PM
Shea Stadium vendors decked out in their beautiful fluorescent shirts


http://img388.imageshack.us/img388/9971/18vendoryr2.jpg

Hey I wear a shirt that color!

I work for Sports Service in Cincinnati. Just got them last year. Much better than the hot collared shirts though.

giantsrule
07-16-2008, 01:05 AM
Musically, the 70's was a great decade (at least until the late 70's disco crap), but style wise, it was tacky, as these early 70's Yankee Stadium vendor uniforms prove.

They did have character, though.

http://bp2.blogger.com/_Fsh7GWfK4f0/R8NAbe1kOhI/AAAAAAAAA1I/vTqHsXoRBpk/s400/Yankee+Stadium+Food+Vendor+Shirt+(70's).jpg



id rock that shirt today...

giantsrule
07-16-2008, 01:14 AM
... with this hat

http://i1.ebayimg.com/03/i/000/fc/f6/bfd4_1.JPG

caroleanne
08-05-2010, 09:10 AM
Good morning.
I have been searching the web for quite some time to find an 'authority' on the concessions/vendors at Yankee Stadium in 1971. You seem to be not only an authority but an encyclopedia. I apologize for starting every sentence with 'I'. I have been looking for a family that had, as it was said to me "my dad has the concession rights at Yankee Stadium". In 1971, and being Canadian I really did not understand what this meant. I have obtained a list of concessions and searched through them but cannot find Mike. I have spoken to the vendors of Mike's Deli, both Michael and David Greco and they don"t seem to know Mike. Perhaps you can help me. Mike would be 64 this year, he is Greek, his father had 'the concession rights' at Yankee Stadium. The family lived in New Jersey. The one other thing I know is that Mike told me his brother was returning from Vietnam in April 1971. When Mike called me in Canada, I did not get his phone nuimber, or very stupidly his last name. I am going to blame that on youth! If you could phone me or email me with any information I would appreciate it. I could send you a list of the concessions that I have but you already know them. Just let me know though, ok.
I apologize in advance for posting this in two places but I noticed that this thread has been inactive. (vendors).
I'll sign off with a plea for your expedious reply and thank you. Carole Anne in Canada. 289-240-0055, or email at carolekavelman@yahoo.com

Armando Criscione
08-05-2010, 02:02 PM
Here is another Tiger Stadium vendor:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3001/2612164060_9829f9c1bf_o.jpg

BTW, here is a similar thread from a couple of years ago.

http://www.baseball-fever.com/showthread.php?79362-Photos-of-vendor-uniforms-%28past-and-present%29-throughout-the-major-leagues.&highlight=

Philtration
08-05-2010, 05:32 PM
I was a vendor at Soldier Field for 4 years and it did not take more than a couple of football games to realize that the job sucked.
Why did I keep a crappy job for so long?
Because all vendors were employees of the Chicago Park District at the time and all I had to do to get into Bears games and concerts was walk up to the gate and show my official "Chicago Park District Employee" badge.
I could walk all over the stadium including down near the sidelines for football games and into the backstage area for the concerts.
In the summer I got to see a lot of bands like Pink Floyd, the Rolling Stones, Lynyrd Skynyrd, UFO, Peter Frampton (hey... he was a big deal back then) .... all for free and everyone was very generous with their stash.
During the fall and winter I got to see Walter Payton play in person and that was beyond cool. All it cost me was the subway fare there and back.

Never made any money as a vendor and it was still the best "job" that I ever had.

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y220/phil62/baseball%20site/1977-06-19-SoldierField_Chicago_Illinois.jpg

OllieNYY
08-05-2010, 05:38 PM
Philtration, what I would do to get in a time machine and join your younger self in those days. Pink Floyd is one of my favorite bands and I would love to have seen them live, especially so close to home!

RfkFedEx
08-05-2010, 05:56 PM
No s**t Philtration. You must be a walking treasure trove of Chicago tales. I always took u for a Philly guy. Floyd at RFK was the best show I ever saw, and I didn't even get to see them till '94. However, the technology for special effects was insane by the time Division Bell tour happened.

The menu at Shibe park looks to have been horrid. Wax beans? Not exactly hot dogs and peanuts.

As a big time hot dog fan, I've always liked the dogs sold by the walk around vendors. There's something about that insulated metal hot box that makes em taste so good. The buns are slightly moist and they mold to the dog. Its just not the same when u buy at the stand bc the buns are cold.

RfkFedEx
08-05-2010, 06:05 PM
Great thread btw, thx for bumping caroleane.

Haven't seen The Ballpark Vendor around here since I got into BF, but this is the most entertaining thread I've seen in weeks.

The food is often a key element to the ballpark experience. NYS has the best food I've ever had at any ballpark. I didn't eat anything while I was at Citi, though I've read it's even better.

I think Miller Park is the worst I've experienced, but mainly bc of the overwhelming scent of cinnamin. It made me feel like I was in the food court at the mall. Cinnabon doesn't belong in a ballpark.

Nats Park is mediocre by MLB standards. Flippin Pizza is pretty good when I occasionally feel like eating pizza at the park, it was new this year.

Philtration
08-05-2010, 06:47 PM
Philtration, what I would do to get in a time machine and join your younger self in those days. Pink Floyd is one of my favorite bands and I would love to have seen them live, especially so close to home!

I walked right by Mick Jagger backstage. He was drenched in sweat and I was surprissed to see that he looked a lot like Barny Fife in a wig.
Kind of blew my whole image of him right there.
On my way home I was stagering down the stairs of the Cicero Ave L station, sunburned and glassy eyed when a friend of mine was coming up the stairs.
He looked at me, laughed and asked "Where are you coming from?" and I just smiled and mumbled "Work"

Good times!

mandrake
08-06-2010, 05:14 AM
I walked right by Mick Jagger backstage. He was drenched in sweat and I was surprissed to see that he looked a lot like Barny Fife in a wig.
Kind of blew my whole image of him right there.
On my way home I was stagering down the stairs of the Cicero Ave L station, sunburned and glassy eyed when a friend of mine was coming up the stairs.
He looked at me, laughed and asked "Where are you coming from?" and I just smiled and mumbled "Work"

Good times!

I was never a vendor......but I did see the Rolling Stones way way back in 1981 in the Superdome. It was general admission seating, and it was the largest indoor concert ever (might still hold that record). Anyway I was about 10 'rows' of people from the stage when the crush of people became nearly deadly during George Thorogood's set. This girl next to me collapsed, and my buddy and I lifted her up and the security guys waved us up to the stage....we carried her, they waved. But for our troubles, they let us stand right next to the stage for the Stones part. Seeing Keith Richards up close 29 years ago, I would have bet everything I owned that he would be dead by now. While Jagger had cleaned up his act by the 1981 tour, Keith looked like a skeleton.

After that show, I never was a part of any GA seating unless it was very controlled (limited) as in 2009 when I took my wife to see Springsteen in Saratoga NY in the first row.

Sorry for yapping in this vendor thread without being a vendor.

brooklyndodger14
08-06-2010, 06:11 AM
Good morning.
I have been searching the web for quite some time to find an 'authority' on the concessions/vendors at Yankee Stadium in 1971. You seem to be not only an authority but an encyclopedia. I apologize for starting every sentence with 'I'. I have been looking for a family that had, as it was said to me "my dad has the concession rights at Yankee Stadium". In 1971, and being Canadian I really did not understand what this meant. I have obtained a list of concessions and searched through them but cannot find Mike. I have spoken to the vendors of Mike's Deli, both Michael and David Greco and they don"t seem to know Mike. Perhaps you can help me. Mike would be 64 this year, he is Greek, his father had 'the concession rights' at Yankee Stadium. The family lived in New Jersey. The one other thing I know is that Mike told me his brother was returning from Vietnam in April 1971. When Mike called me in Canada, I did not get his phone nuimber, or very stupidly his last name. I am going to blame that on youth! If you could phone me or email me with any information I would appreciate it. I could send you a list of the concessions that I have but you already know them. Just let me know though, ok.
I apologize in advance for posting this in two places but I noticed that this thread has been inactive. (vendors).
I'll sign off with a plea for your expedious reply and thank you. Carole Anne in Canada. 289-240-0055, or email at carolekavelman@yahoo.com

Hello carolanne and welcome to The Fever!

Thanks for the flattering "encyclopedia" reference, but I can assure you that I am just a baseball fan who had a great opportunity as a teen to get a little closer to the game and the chance to watch the Yankees and the rest of the league. Those memories are made more precious now with the final demolition of (to me, the one and original) Yankee Stadium.

In the three years since I started this thread, I've been mostly taking up residence in the 1973 Yankee Stadium model thread of Rick Kaplan(ski) and bkhockey3's 1923 Stadium. I do have some more vendor pictures and stories to add to those already mentioned here, and your bumping the thread up is as good a wake-up call as any to post them up....

As far as your search for Mike, that will be a bit of a challenge. What I can relay to you is that Canteen Corporation (now known as Centerplate) was the official Yankee Stadium concessionaire from 1963 thru the 2008 season, evolving into Volume Services in 1998. The Yankees have partnered with the Dallas Cowboys to form an in-house concession and food services unit for the New Yankee Stadium in 2009.

Do you know what kind of concession Mike was involved in? There were separate divisions for food, souveniers, and publications (back then, that was probably just the yearbooks and scorecards). IF Mike was involved with the food division, could it be possible that he was a supplier? Canteen would most likely have sub-contracted out for supply items (ex: beer and soda from local distrubutorships, cold cuts from a meat supplier, rolls for sandwiches from a bakery, hot foods from a catering service, cutlery, linens... etc.).

I know this doesn't give you a definitive answer, but hopefully a start....

Dennis
BrooklynDodger14

Chef Bill
08-06-2010, 07:06 AM
Roger Owens, Dodger Stadium's famous "Peanut Man", on the Tonight Show, 1970s...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZmVrry3ezY

04golf
08-06-2010, 09:02 AM
are vendors a dying trend in baseball? Once in a while I see a beer vendor or an ice cream vendor but I rarely see them going up and down the aisles anymore. Now a days we get our of our seats into the open concourse and buy our food and drinks. I also think the price of food and drinks might be hurting them also. When I see the beer guy coming around for a $9 beer I never buy.

RfkFedEx
08-06-2010, 09:07 AM
are vendors a dying trend in baseball? Once in a while I see a beer vendor or an ice cream vendor but I rarely see them going up and down the aisles anymore.

Certainly not at Nats Park or Wrigley. I don't see how the walk around beer vendors in those parks make any $ when there is so much competiton from one another.

All I had to do was raise my hand last time I was on the North side. The game was sold out and the stands packed. It seemed like there was at least one beer vendor for every 500 patrons in the stands.

caroleanne
08-06-2010, 05:12 PM
Thank you for answering my long winded email. (blog). You have made some interesting points and definitely muddied up the picture. I was not aware of the numerous aspects of vendors and concessions. It's amazing what I did not clarify and once again I am chalking that up to youth, bordering on stupidity. I now believe from speaking to David Greco and Betty Godley that Mike's family did not have a food concession per se. When I think of symantics, Mike did not say 'vendor rights or concession stand, he said "the concession rights". From the information you have provided I believe his family could well have been 'suppliers'. The search for Mike has led me to calling Y.S.and speaking to Joe who was very nice and tried to find out any information he could but was unable to give me any positive results. I have written to Volume Industries and they did not reply; which, I don't find very positive in public relations. I'm not sure where to turn now as I have hired a private detective ($150 for nothing), written to Pamela Carvel (Carvel ice-cream) no reply. Spoken to both the Greco gentlemen (very nice), placed an ad in the New York Ledger, announcements section and of course, numerous web sites and blogs. I was terribly excited when I saw your blog on this thread or vice versa. I still use a typewriter, eh! You have been very kind in your response and I appreciate it. I do know something of how you feel with them tearing
down the O.Y.S. I went to the opening of our local (Oshawa) civic centre in 1964 and this week they started tearing it down. Kind of feels like they just reached in and ripped your darn heart out. Keep putting those pictures up my friend and let us enjoy them. If you can think of any approach,other than running around New Jersey or New York naked (nobody would notice or care) I am at the end of my search.
Carole Anne in Canada.

caroleanne
08-06-2010, 07:33 PM
You are quite welcome. Even a Canadian can appreciate the love the Americans have for their Yankees and the O.Y.S.
Even though I cannot find Mike I am glad I entered this blog. All of you sound like nice people.
Carole Anne

jnakamura
08-06-2010, 07:44 PM
Roger Owens, Dodger Stadium's famous "Peanut Man", on the Tonight Show, 1970s...


More Roger


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7joXJm5QZK4

DarkAudit
08-06-2010, 08:16 PM
LEMONADE HERE!! @ PNC Park:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9X4vZzxRKTY

caroleanne
08-06-2010, 08:59 PM
Sorry to bother you again my friend. I am wondering if you might know where I can write to Canteen Corporation, or Centerplate, or Volume. I did write one letter to someone at Volume, as I said, but they didn't bother to answer. Maybe, a long shot, but perhaps there is some record somewhere. Like I said, a long shot. Thanks again Carole Anne

caroleanne
08-12-2010, 10:57 AM
I have contacted Centerplate. Thank you Brooklyn for your assistance.
Carole Anne

caroleanne
01-02-2011, 08:57 AM
Hi everyone.
I want to thank Brooklyn Dodger 14 for his comments to me. I did investigate the concessions from 1971 by going through the VP at Centerplate. Unfortunately he was unable to help me although he tried to. I did learn quite a lot about the OYS from this thread. Thanks again.
Carole Anne
in Canada

Mario Mendoza...HOF Lock
01-02-2011, 10:57 AM
It appears this Tiger Stadium vendor was able to catch some of the game on this day
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4019/4397294386_0622061f32_o.jpg

But not so for this vendor
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2695/4396626763_c72abc107d_o.jpg
(pics from Tom@Picasa)

Phantom Dreamer
02-18-2014, 11:14 PM
Ho Pun has passed away.

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Phantom Dreamer
02-18-2014, 11:32 PM
Rick "The Peanut Guy" Kaminski 1944-2011, doing his thing at the Kingdome.

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FENWAY FRANKY
02-19-2014, 06:57 AM
In Post # 29 it is great to see "Nuts" Barry lining up a bag to peg at a far away customer.
I've seen him in action at Fenway for years.
He uses a pin prick ring to air out the peanut bags and can deliver (no BS) 15 rows away
with dead on accuracy. I've never seen him miss a customer.
FF

machpost
02-23-2014, 04:34 PM
Wow, this thread has been a fascinating read and has a lot of future potential. Thanks to all who have contributed, especially brooklyndodger14 for starting the thread. I'm looking forward to new stories.

One observation I can make about vendors at Nationals Park as a season plan holder, is that they seem to be far more plentiful in the more expensive lower seats around the infield. Beer vendors are practically tripping over each other down there, while they're a little harder to find up in the upper deck where I sit. On the other hand, the sections are far bigger down below, and it's a lot easier to get up for a beer in the upper deck.

grape ape
05-08-2014, 07:01 PM
I used to be a vendor at Riverfront. It's a LOT of hard work. Particularly going up those steep red seat upper deck seats. But those are the only folks who really purchase a lot. Usually these are folks who go to a few games per season, and want to sample the goodies. The worst was the blue seats, because they tended to be season ticket holders.
Yeah, you can occasionally watch some of the game, but they have supervisors who tell you to "get moving" if they catch you lingering around too much.
And the polyester shirts were just awful. Sure you get a fresh set each game, and turn them in at the end, but I've never sweated so much in my life.
And the weather also plays a factor. it's no fun trying to sell frozen snickers bars on a cold rainy night. Cold beer is usually a good seller, especially when hot but only if you have Budweiser. Nobody wanted to buy Hudy Delight, the local beer.
And hot dogs? At the end of the night, we did not throw the unsold ones away. We removed them from the steamers, washed them in cool water, and put them back in the refrigerator to be sold next game. Buns got tossed.