Brooklyn Side (1911); July Is the Cruelest Month (for "hot dog")
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"BROOKLYN SIDE" & BIG APPLE WEB SITE
For some reason, I'm doing a New York City web site for a city has never been
the least bit kind to me. Three years' work of mine is in the old ADS-L
archives, that is no longer available to anyone. It's my first web site, and I'm
working with codes that I wasn't even taught yet.
It's been up a few days and got major hits on Friday, after a Gothamist
mention. Despite that, it's way down on the Google charts. A Google for "Barry
Popik" turns up www.barrypopik.com about hit number 80. It's still behind such
things as "Class Brain." The number one hit for "Barry Popik" is "The Straight
Gerald Cohen, Language Log, and Language Hat have commented to others how
"disorganized" the site is, how I "hide my light under a series of bushels," and
the latter two have told people to avoid the site entirely and go to the short
summary of my work on "The Straight Dope." Thanks. Why even try?
Someone wrote into Language Log with John Ciardi's old "manzana principal,
New Orleans jazzman, 1910" theory. I said again that there is not one piece of
evidence for this in some fifty million digitized pages (newspapers and
magazines) that we know. A 20-year-old Ciardi book should not be consulted. It's like
saying, screw Lighter and Green on slang, I have my H. L. Mencken, and he's
tops. "Manzana principal" has nothing to do with "the Big Apple" and should not
be mentioned anymore, but no one believes me.
Anyway, I'm adding "Brooklyn side" to the site. Lighter and DARE are silent.
Sam Clements found a "10 Jan. 1911 _Decatur (IL) Reveiw_" article, but it
appears that this is actually from 13 January 1911. The 1917 Washington Post story
is also interesting for the term "Brooklyn side."
13 January 1913, Decatur (IL) <i>Review</i>, pg. 4, cols. 1-2:
<i>HIT 'EM ON "BROOKLYN SIDE"</i>
<i>AND YOU WIN AT BOWLING</i>
St. Louis, Jan. 13.--Do you tenpin? Of course--you have to, to be in style,
for the next month. It's quite Country CLubby, you know. If you doubt, drift
into the Middgy club's lounging place and see the Silk Stocking Seven at work.
But supposing that you do bowl--bowl at times when it's not just the fad.
Suppose you're a regular. Do you know what is meant by the "Brooklyn side"? And
if you are so close to the inner circle of the game that you happen to have
heard the expression, do you know its origin?
It's a grape fruit to a grape seed you don't.
Here's the story--it's told by H. W. Harrington, now of St. Louis, formerly a
member of the champion Chicago team, which beat the New York cracks back in
the dim days before the American Bowling congress was a de facto organization.
That is to say, just twelve years ago.
AT ST/. LOUIS.
Harrington and one of his teammates on the five that made the memorable trip
to New York from the Windy City in 1899, W. V. THompson, will bowl an
exhibition match as one of the features of the national championship tournament, which
will open here Jan. 21. Here's Mr. Harrington's tale:
"The alleys were not alltogether at their best. THey had been bowled on a
good deal and there were spots where the bowler would be favored, if he could
only search them out. To this end Brill had been studying the boards during the
match. The alleys were located downtown near the river and so disposed that the
left-hand side of the runway was toward Brooklyn.
GAVE HIM TIP.
"Thompson walked up to shoot his first ball and Brill could see from his
stand that he was going after the "one-three" break. This means hitting on the
right hand-side of the head pin. Brill had observed some ugly "splits" resulted
from this play. As Thompson was about to make his shot Brill shouted out:
"Not that way, not that way--try the 'Brooklyn side!':
Thompson halted in his delivery when Brill went over and explained.
"All the good breaks are coming on the left side of the head pin. Play for
the one-two, instead of the one-three break."
WON THE MATCH.
"Thompson did and struck the game out, winning the match by ten pins
"Among the bowlers the 'one-three' break, using a hook ball, is considered
safest to give best results, especially on new alleys. But whenever they find
that the alleys are not "grooved" to suit their particular style of bowling they
always try the 'Brooklyn side.'
"The name still clings."
9 January 1917, Mansfield (Ohio) <i>News</i>, pg. 12, col. 2:
Left-handed bowlers start their deliveries on the left-handed corner, but
shoot for the 1-2 or "Brooklyn," instead of the "New York," ar right-handers do.
Only when a bowler fails to get pins on a 1-3 hit, does he cross over to the
1-2 or "Brooklyn" side. It all depends on the alley.
22 April 1917, <i>Washington <i>Post</i>, pg. S2:
<i>EQUAL ON TENPIN BASIS</i>
<i>Same Results Possible on "Brooklyn" as "New York" side"</i>
A 1-3 hit in tenpins is called "the New York," while when a pin-toppler hits
them on the other side of the 1-2 it is termed a "Brooklyn"
The terms originated many years ago in New York in a famous match, when one
of the men bowling found that he could get plus equally as well by hitting the
1-2 as the 1-3.
The alleys on which the above match was rolled ran parallel with the river.
The 1-2 side of the pine faced toward the river or Brooklyn side, and the 1-3
inland or to New York.
3 June 1958, New York <i>Times</i>, pg. 40:
...I hit the Brooklyn side (between the 1 and 2 pins)...
JULY IS THE CRUELEST MONTH
This week, from your Google News.Three wrong articles.
It's been nine years since I did my work on "hot dog." My name has not made a
single one of these newspaper articles. This will continue my entire pathetic
Posted on Mon, Jul. 19, 2004
At home or at the game, just relish the hot dog
RON GREEN SR.
Here's a heads-up for you, in case you had forgotten, or never known, or
never really cared -- Wednesday is National Hot Dog Day, so let's hoist a jar of
mustard to all hot dogs, living and dead.
The dead ones we eat, especially at sports events, from baseball games down
to catching lightning bugs. The living hot dogs are the ones who orchestrate
end zone celebrations, shake their heads after they dunk, take half the night to
circle the bases after hitting a home run, yell "Go in the hole" to get on TV
-- you know the type.
It is the dead hot dogs we actually salute today, though, the ones we eat,
because, well, darn it, we love 'em.
It is a little known scientific fact that a person cannot attend a baseball
game without eating a hot dog.
There are 26 million hot dogs consumed each year in major league ballparks.
That is, of course, only a small percentage of dogs we consume. We eat billions
every year. We eat 60 per person per year in the United States.
We in the newspaper profession are proud to note that one of our own, a
sports cartoonist working for a New York newspaper, coined the name hot dog. On a
cold day in 1901 at the Polo Grounds, the concessionaire was doing little
business with his ice cream and cold sodas. He sent his salesmen out to buy up all
the dachshund sausages (that's what they were called at the time, for obvious
reasons) and rolls they could find.
In less than an hour, vendors were hawking dachshund sausages in the stands,
probably yelling, "Red hot! Get yer red hot dachshund sausages right heah!"
The cartoonist, Tad Dorgan, felt his deadline approaching fast. He needed an
idea. When he heard the vendors, he drew a cartoon of barking dachshund
sausages nestled in the rolls. He didn't know how to spell dachshund so he called
them hot dogs.
Thanks to Tad Dorgan, it cannot be said that the guys in the press box have
never contributed anything better to society than the rumpled look, a few
clichés and a sizeable thirst.
(FORWARD, July 23, 2004) (formerly, JEWISH DAILY FORWARD--ed.)
THE FOOD MAVEN: Good Dog!
A Summer Taste Test
By Matthew Goodman
July 23, 2004
There's no way to know this for sure, but I would suggest that kosher
frankfurters first entered the wider American consciousness in the 1970s, thanks to,
of all things, a TV commercial. In this commercial — for those of you who
threw out your televisions in the 1960s — a man dressed as Uncle Sam stands
holding a hot dog in front of him, while a stentorian-voiced narrator recites some
of the additives (nonmeat fillers, etc.) that the American government allows to
be put in frankfurters.
"We don't," intones the narrator after each item, as Uncle Sam's smile grows
increasingly forced. Cue the heavenly choir; Uncle Sam gazes upward, to where
the sun is breaking through the clouds. Proclaims the narrator (the term
Omniscient Narrator would not be inappropriate here): 'We can't. We're Hebrew
National, and we answer to a Higher Authority."
This prodigious bit of marketing jiujitsu took the kosher laws, which never
had mattered to more than a very small segment of the population, and made them
a selling point for the population at large. We even might look to this as
the moment when many Americans first began to view kosher food — not always
correctly — as healthy food, such that today the majority of kosher buyers are not
Of course, kosher frankfurters had been around for a long time before Uncle
Sam ever held up one to the camera. The first recorded appearance of a
frankfurter of any kind on American shores was in 1867, in the Brooklyn, N.Y., seaside
community of Coney Island. A German immigrant named Charles Feltman, who
earned his trade selling pies from a wagon that he pushed along the beach, found
that many of his customers were asking for hot sandwiches, as had begun to be
sold in the restaurants along the boardwalk. Fearing a drop-off in business,
Feltman hired a mechanic (the annals of food history know him only as Donovan)
to construct a charcoal stove on the back of his wagon. Thus equipped, Feltman
began plying hot sausages to the local beachgoers; he wrapped the sausages in
a bun, in the German fashion, and called his creation, "Frankfurter
sandwiches," after his hometown. Feltman's gambit proved so successful that within the
decade he had opened his own restaurant on the boardwalk, the eponymous
Feltman's, which by the turn of the century had grown into a vast food complex,
turning out frankfurters from seven grills, delivered to patrons by as many as
However, eventually Feltman's ingenuity would spawn the seeds of his own
undoing. In 1915, a former employee of Feltman's, Nathan Handwerker, set up a
stand across the street from the restaurant and began selling competing hot dogs.
(The term "hot dog" had been coined nine years earlier, after the Chicago
cartoonist T.A. "Tad" Dorgan drew a cartoon showing a dachshund inside a
frankfurter bun.) Like Feltman before him, Handwerker named his hot-dog stand after
himself, calling it — need I even say this? — Nathan's Famous. At Nathan's hot
dogs cost only a nickel, half of the price that was being charged across the
street. But they differed from those of Feltman's in at least one more
significant respect: Nathan's frankfurters, like all Jewish sausages before them, were
made from beef rather than pork.
(ANN ARBOR NEWS, July 23, 2004)
Hot dog vendors on a roll
Carts let people know when summertime is really here
Friday, 23, 2004BY STEPHENIE KOEHN
News Staff Reporter
Hot dogs, originally known as "hot dachshund sausages," reportedly got their
name in 1901 from sports cartoonist Tad Dorgan, who heard vendors at the Polo
Grounds in New York yelling, "Get your dachshund sausages while they're red
hot!" He sketched a cartoon depicting the scene, but wasn't sure how to spell
"dachshund," so he called them, "hot dogs." At least that's one version of the
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