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Opening day of baseball; with Mickey “The Hotdog Man” Davis

  • Joel Rodgers

Thursday was opening day for professional baseball, and for many people, opening day means spring is finally here.

In downtown Shreveport, the feeling of America’s favorite past time was in the air, much like the smell of Mickey’s hot dogs at lunchtime – but before he was the hotdog man, he was a baseball fan.

Mickey Davis has been selling hot dogs in downtown Shreveport for the past twenty years, but over sixty years ago Mickey was named after New York Yankee great – Mickey Mantle.

“Mantle broke in with the Yankees in April of 1951, I was born in late July and my daddy, and my daddy had already gone crazy about Mickey Mantle,” Davis recalls.

You can find Mickey on the corner of Edwards and Texas Street in downtown town Shreveport; selling hotdogs, making friends, and talking baseball.

Mickey says he loves the past, but also loves the present and future of the Yankee’s.



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Joel Rodgers

Joel Rodgers joined RSHV News 1 in January 2018 as a reporter/journalist. Prior to joining our team, Joel spent the previous 5 years as a morning show reporter, entertainment reporter, and sports reporter for a local television station. At 6’5”, he's the tallest reporter in the history of Shreveport, but it’s more than just his height that makes this Shreveport native stand out. His editing skills combined with his love for storytelling makes for a creative and talented addition to the RSHV News 1 team. After attending and graduating from Evangel Christian Academy, he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from Northwestern State University. Joel is very active in the Shreveport community having won several competitions in recent years. In 2017, he danced his way to victory in the annual Susan G. Komen event, “Dancing for the Cure." He’s also won the “Mudbug Madness” Crawfish eating contest in back-to-back years and was named the top celebrity chef at the “Louisiana Food Prize” cooking competition. If you have a story idea, news tip, or just want to say "hey" - you can do so by emailing Joel Rodgers at jrodgers@realshreveport.com

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