The Johnsonville Racing Sausages Could be Racing Near You

These sausages are going on tour.

The beloved Johnsonville Famous Racing Sausages are taking their act on the road this baseball season.

With fans unable to attend games at Miller Park to start the season, the whole gang – Bratwurst, Hot Dog, Polish, Italian and Chorizo – will adopt a travel schedule for the shortened 2020 Major League Baseball season, showing up at a variety of “surprise” locations throughout the Milwaukee area to stage the cherished 6th inning tradition. 

On select home game dates, a race from a different, unique location will be shown on the scoreboard at Miller Park in the middle of the 6th frame. It will also be shared via Brewers social media.

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Polish won bragging rights for the 2019 season with a total of 21 wins. The 2020 season will bring new challenges to the racers with new terrain and no home-field advantage.
 
Fans can also participate in the race location selection process by visiting brewers.com/racingsausages and explaining why the Sausages should visit their suggested venue. Locations must be within an hour’s drive of Milwaukee and be able to accommodate an outdoor race of at least 300 feet. Submission deadline is July 31.
 
“We can’t bring fans to games right now, but we can take the races to the community,” Brewers President of Business Operations Rick Schlesinger said. “It’s not Brewers baseball without the Johnsonville Famous Racing Sausages, and this is a tradition that has to keep running.” 

The Sausage Race started in the early 1990s as a scoreboard animation event at Milwaukee County Stadium. The first-ever live race with the larger-than-life mascots took place in June 1993 and has been a tradition ever since.  

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Rich Rovito is a freelance writer for Milwaukee Magazine.