December 15th http://www.teameaglesstore.com/Youth-Chase-Daniel-Elite-Jersey/ , 1968. The Philadelphia Eagles were playing their final game of a dreadful regular season at their then home stadium of Franklin Field.
The Eagles would eventually lose that day to the Minnesota Vikings and finish the year 2 12. Their two victories not only came after a 0 11 start but cost them any chance to draft USC running back O.J. Simpson.
At half time, the Eagles held a Christmas Pageant. Depending on which story you believe, the actor slated to play Santa Claus was either detained by traffic or booze.
In desperate need of a replacement Claus, organizers plucked Frank Olivo from the stands. He had worn a Santa suit to the game.
Olivo was 20 years old, 56 and 170 pounds. He was not exactly your ideal Santa.
As soon as the frustrated Eagles fans got a load of Olivo Claus they started booing. Not just a smattering of boos but a cacophony of raucous jeers.
From there things got even worse. When Olivo reached the end zone he began to get pelted by a flurry of snowballs. Not one or two snowballs, but hundreds.
Sports fans in the City of Brotherly Love had harangued and harassed the most benign and inoffensive figure imaginable http://www.teameaglesstore.com/Youth-Carson-Wentz-Elite-Jersey/ , Santa Claus.
This famous incident is often used to illustrate the gruffness of Philadelphia sports fans. While they tend to voice their displeasure frequently and vociferously, they are still some of the most knowledgeable and passionate sports fans in the country.