The next time you’re at a baseball game munching on a hot dog, remember Harry Mosley Stevens. Scholars credit the late Niles businessman with inventing the hot dog.
Stevens sold ice cream and soft drinks for the New York Giants baseball team in the early 1900s. Since most fans had no desire to eat ice cream in April, Stevens began to sell wieners in a hot bun with mustard. He called his newfangled product “red hot dachshund sausages” and the New York Times started calling it a hot dog. He died in 1934 and is buried in Niles’ Union Cemetery.