Excerpt from the forthcoming Lexicon of Real American Food
... In 1996, readers of the Akron Beacon-Journal voted sauerkraut balls the City's Official Food. When the Akron Aeros played the Portland (Maine) Sea Dogs for the AA Eastern League baseball championship in 2006, Jim Cohen, the mayor of Portland, was prepared to send Akron's mayor, Don Plusquellic, a basket full of Maine lobsters if his team lost. But it was the Aeros who lost, and so Mayor Plusquellic sent Mayor Cohen sauerkraut balls.