Harry M Stevens

Derby digital billboard

celebrating a local social inventor: Harry M Stevens was a Derby milkman who emigrated to America in 1880. He started providing ice-cream and soda to baseball fans and invented drinking soda through straws so fans could score and drink soda at the same time. His business grew. One cold day in 1901 no-one wanted icecream. He came up with the idea of selling 'red hot dachshund sausages' in long bread rolls to the crowds – they soon became known as Hot Dogs and were eaten far and wide. He'd already redesigned the baseball scorecard in 1887- it's still in use today.

http://www.ohiohistorycentral.org/entry.php?rec=2674