O's stick with Esskay, for now

April 10, 1993

The Orioles expressed regret yesterday at Esskay Inc.'s decision to leave Baltimore, but the club said it would continue to sell and promote Esskay's frankfurters as the team's "official" hot dogs.

"They've been good people to work with," said spokesman Rick Vaughn.

The Orioles' contract with Esskay -- the one that makes it the official hot dog brand for the team -- started back in the late 1970s and has been renewed through 1995.

However, Esskay's departure from Baltimore might put the hot dog maker in hot water when the contract comes up for renewal in 1995. Although he wouldn't comment on whether Esskay's action this week would hurt its chances of renewing, Mr. Vaughn said: "We always strive to keep a local flavor in our business associations."

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