Radio station auctions hot dog from Montreal stadium

Updated: October 18, 2004, 5:45 PM ET
By Darren Rovell | ESPN.com

With the move of the Montreal Expos to Washington D.C. in the offing, Expos items from hats to ticket stubs are selling for top dollar.

And apparently so is the last of the meat that rolled off the grills during the final game at Le Stade Olympique. Bids for the "last" hot dog from the stadium surpassed $600 by 4 p.m. ET on Monday, with less than two days left to go on the online auction.

Hot Dog
A trophy was made out of the remnants of the last surviving hot dog from Montreal's Le Stade Olympique.
The auction is being held by a radio station in Three Rivers, Quebec, located roughly 75 miles from Montreal. On Sept. 29, the station -- Energie 102.3 -- gave away two tickets for the game that night, the Expos final home game. The winner would receive the tickets as long as he or she brought back one of the last pieces of meat produced at the stadium.

The fan obliged, purchased the hot dog in the seventh inning and after the game ended, he brought the hot dog in its bun to the station.

"We brought the hot dog and the bun to a specialist at Three Rivers University," said Jean Martin, the station's general manager. "He could preserve the bread, but he said it was impossible to keep the hot dog in the open air."

Martin said the scientist made a mold of the sausage and put it on the bread. The station then made it into a trophy of sorts complete with the hot dog mold, the bread, the ticket and a gold plaque with the date of the last game etched into it.

"At the beginning, this was just a joke," Martin said. "We thought we'd get $50 and that would be nice, since we decided the money is going to be given to a local children's charity. Now it looks like this could sell for $1,000."

Martin said the winner of the auction will also get the real hot dog, which is being preserved in a jar. It will also come with a certificate of authenticity.

Said Martin: "We're not sure it was the very last one made, but it's most likely the last one that survived."

Darren Rovell, who covers sports business for ESPN.com, can be reached at Darren.rovell@espn3.com.

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