Competitive-eating legend Takeru Kobayashi will once again take on the locals at ballparks this season, appearing at Schaumburg Boomers (independent; Frontier League) and Gary SouthShore RailCats (independent; American Association) games.
Kobayashi is a legend in the competitive-eating world, winning six straight Nathan’s Annual Hot Dog Eating Contest titles and holding the unofficial world record for eating 69 hot dogs in 10 minutes. He also holds Guinness World Records for eating meatballs, Twinkies, hamburgers and pasta. In February, Kobayashi smashed the record for most chicken wings eaten at Wing Bowl.
Last season Kobayashi took on a team of four RailCats fans in a hamburger-eating contest and was triumphant; he’ll do the same thing this season both in Gary and in Schaumburg.
Kobayashi will appear at Boomers Stadium on May 26 for a 6 p.m. game against the Florence Freedom, throwing out the first pitch and taking on the locals in a competitive-eating contest. He will return to U.S. Steel Yard for the second consecutive season on Sunday, May 27 for the RailCats game at 2:10 p.m. against Wichita. Kobayashi will throw out a first pitch and challenge several lucky RailCats fans to an eating contest between innings.
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