Harry M. Stevens created the modern ballpark experience
Despite his hardscrabble start in America at the dawn of the 20th century, this British-born former steel mill worker became a true American success story as a renowned purveyor of hot dogs, pop and cigars to the sports world – forever changing the way fans experience the game.
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Late in his life, Stevens, the highly successful businessman, Shakespearean scholar, friend of those in politics, finance, art, literature and on the stage, and creator of a new industry, summed up his years:
“What more could any man ask for?” he said. “A wonderful family, a host of friends, a big business, plenty of money … and not a dishonest dollar in the lot!”
Bill Francis is the senior research and writing specialist at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum