How It All Started
Legend has it that the Klement's Racing Sausages started to take shape in the early 90's. In their formative years, they were little more than a cartoon running a virtual race every home game on the giant scoreboard in centerfield.
As the movement began to take shape and a buzz developed about our racing weenies, eventually the Bratwurst (#1), Polish Sausage (#2) and the Italian Sausage (#3) made their debut out of the left field corner of County Stadium on selected Sundays throughout the season. Just when the suspense of the highly technical Klement's Racing Sausage video was too much to handle, the actual Klement's Racing Sausages emerged from the left field corner and sprinted toward home plate aided by the applause of an enthusiastic crowd.
What started as a fun way to entertain many of the children attending afternoon games became an instant hit. The three sausages added a fourth when the Hot Dog (#4) came on board in the middle of the 1990s.
The race grew in popularity among young and old alike. During the 2000 season -- the final year of County Stadium -- the virtual race was thrown out and the actual sausages began to race every game.
This tradition continued as the Brewers moved across the parking lot to Miller Park in 2001. Running with the Sausages took on a life of its own as having an 'in' with the club might mean the chance to dive into the costume and scurry along the warning track prior to the seventh inning. Hideo Nomo, Pat Meares and Geoff Jenkins are just three of the lucky players to boast "Racing Sausage" among their personal accolades. In 2007, the Chorizo (#5) rejoined the Klement's Racing Sausages after a brief run of one game in 2006.
The success of the Klement's Racing Sausages has blossomed beyond initial expectations. Sausage bobbleheads, t-shirts, dolls and pins immediately flooded the market and were immediately snatched up by the legions of the Klement's Racing Sausage fans. For those wanting to be closer to the action, the 5K Sausage Race was developed.
With this success naturally come the imitators. There is a heated competition that exists between the Klement's Racing Sausages and the Pittsburgh Pierogies. Under intense media scrutiny and public debate, these two parties finally raced. Not to boast, but let's just say the Klement's Racing Sausages have an early lead in race victories since this feud began.
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