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    I was wondering what the food was like back in the day, like in the parks pre-1970 like Shibe Park, Ebbets Field, Crosley etc...

    1. What food items were available at the concession stands?

    2. What was sold by the roaming vendors?

    3. Did they allow outside food to be brought in?

    4. What brand of hot dogs were sold?

    5. What kind of beverages?

    6. What brand(s) beer?

    7. How much did a dog and a beer cost?

    8. What did YOU eat?

    Thanks in advance.

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    1. Peanuts, Popcorn, Crackerjack, cotton candy and hot dogs.
    2. If it was at the stand it was sold by walking vendors.
    3. Yes.
    4. Whatever they had locally.
    5. Coke or some such. Maybe lemonade
    6. Pabst, Schlitz, Falstaff, Busch, etc.
    7. Candy and such less than a buck. The other buck to buck-and-a-half.
    8. Dog and peanuts.
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    • #3
      Meatless Tuesdays At Ebbets Field

      My father tells a great story about the food at Ebbets Field.

      During WWII, many Americans observed "meatless" Tuesdays as part of wartime rationing, and some carried on the practice for a time after. He remembers when a fan flagged down a hot dog vendor during an afternoon game, and was admonished by a woman in the stands that it was unpatriotic to eat meat on Tuesday. The man replied, "Don't worry lady -- there ain't no meat in this hot dog!"
      Last edited by Chef Bill; 03-07-2006, 11:05 PM.
      "Chef Bill"
      Boynton Beach, Florida

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      • #4
        Originally posted by KCGHOST
        1. Peanuts, Popcorn, Crackerjack, cotton candy and hot dogs.
        2. If it was at the stand it was sold by walking vendors.
        3. Yes.
        4. Whatever they had locally.
        5. Coke or some such. Maybe lemonade
        6. Pabst, Schlitz, Falstaff, Busch, etc.
        7. Candy and such less than a buck. The other buck to buck-and-a-half.
        8. Dog and peanuts.
        Thanks. But about the $1.00-1.50 hot dogs, that's how much Dodger Dogs were in the late 70s and early 80s. Is that when you're talking about? I'm kind of curious about when ballparks started offering more food selections than dogs, peanuts and popcorn and ice cream. Did any ballparks serve sausages or hamburgers? Any 50s or 60s ballpark ever offer anything different? Any old-timers out there?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Chef Bill
          My father tells a great story about the food at Ebbets Field.

          During WWII, many Americans observed "meatless" Tuesdays as part of wartime rationing, and some carried on the practice for a time after. He remembers when a fan flagged down a hot dog vendor during an afternoon game, and was admonished by a woman in the stands that it was unpatriotic to eat meat on Tuesday. The man replied, "Don't worry lady -- there ain't no meat in this hot dog!"
          The guy was probably right.

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          • #6
            My father in-law tells me the dogs at Cleveland Municipal were a dime back in the early fifties.
            I'm a Ramblin' Wreck from Georgia Tech and a Hell of an Engineer!

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            • #7


              I have this on my "Ballpark Vendor" thread but it fits perfectly here showing ballpark fare (and prices) from days gone by....


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              • #8
                Hey Dennis. Saw this where you posted this elsewherre - great pic! Was that at a restaurant in the stadium or was that a standard concession stand? I assumed that fare wasn't sold at every concession stand. Did many ML ballparks have public restaurants inside like they do today? I thgought most older stadiums just had basic concessions. I also wonder if that Shibe Park dinner menu was served on paper plates so fans could eat it in their seats? Any ideas?
                Last edited by Elvis; 06-08-2006, 10:51 PM.

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