1967 Nathan’s winner ate 127 hot dogs

The only instance of a pre-1972 Nathan’s hot dog eating contest I could find in the Google news archive was a June 30, 1967 competition held to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the hot dog:

Champ Eats 127 Hot Dogs

NEW YORK was the 100th anniversary of the hot dog, and Walter Paul, a 400- pound truckdriver, sat down and ate 127 of them with relish, catsup and mustard. Paul, 32, was rewarded for his Ruthian took him one hour (?) a trophy proclaiming him the world’s champion hot dog eater.’ ,The “dog-in” was held at Nathan’s Famous, the Coney Island frankfurter palace. The occasion was to honor Charles Feltman, who slipped a sausage into a roll in 1867 and named the creation “frankfurter” after his birthplace in Frankfurt, Germany.

Comments (5)


  1. John said

    October 13, 2007 @ 3:51 pm

    It appears that some words were left out of the quotation, making it difficult to understand.

    Also, the article does not say whether or not Walter “Whale” Paul ate just 127 dogs or also 127 buns (which would make a huge difference). It would be interesting to know if he did it with or without water (or other beverage) too. If it took him one hour, then he surely did not eat them as rapidly as is done now (by TAkeru koBAyashi, Jaws Chestnut et al).

    If the 127 franks came at 8 per pound, then “Whale” ate close to 16 pounds of meat (plus a pound of condiments?) (plus buns?).

  2. Liz said

    October 13, 2007 @ 8:40 pm

    Yes, I was also wondering about buns. Still, pretty good!

  3. Not In Vegas SuperPaul said

    October 13, 2007 @ 8:52 pm

    Frankly, I’d rather not think about his buns

  4. Anonymous said

    October 13, 2007 @ 9:19 pm

    Men and only men!


  5. SyKoBOZO said (Registered September 17, 2007)

    October 14, 2007 @ 1:52 am

    Luther,i knew you were a woman hater,but your last comment “Men and only men!” really makes you sound Gay,Gayer then i had anticipated,i bet your favorite cereal is Fruity Pebbles! Have A Nice Day!

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