The time Philly fans booed Santa and pelted him with snowballs (video)

File this under “only in Philly.”

Sports fans around the US know that Philly fans are among the more obnoxious – if not the most obnoxious – in the country. The local crowds have booed local legends like baseball player and Hall of Famer, Mike Schmidt, which was bad, but the standard for tasteless booing came in earlier, in 1968, when they booed Santa Claus and threw snowballs at him.

Bleacher Report has more unfortunate moments in Philadelphia sports history.

But to be fair to Philly fans, booing Sarah Palin really shouldn’t be considered a “bad moment.” Even Philly fans get some things right. :)

An American in Paris, France. BA in History & Political Science from Ohio State. Provided consulting services to US software startups, launching new business overseas that have both IPO’d and sold to well-known global software companies. Currently launching a new cloud-based startup. Full bio here.

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11 Responses to “The time Philly fans booed Santa and pelted him with snowballs (video)”

  1. ckg1 says:

    Then again, Kansas City didn’t get a Real Men of Genius ad devoted to them. Philly did.

    And what you mentioned was a one-shot. Like it or not, PhillyFan has a nasty history with its fans a mile long.

  2. ptighe222 says:

    Actually, Yankess fans are the most obnoxious.

  3. Philly Boy says:

    Some places cheer their own player being injured. Of course, that only happened this October, which is why it’s not top of mind like the incident you’re referring to, which happened in 1999.

  4. ckg1 says:

    How many places’ fans cheer an opposing player being injured? One where said player may never walk again? Sorry, but it’s deserved.

    In L.A.’s case, they tend to restrict their boorish behavior to after they win championships(i.e. they riot.). As for Vancouver, they riot, too…but ONLY when their team falls short.

  5. ulysses3633 says:

    Hey Chris in Paris…a 1968 recap? Please, let’s put this story to rest. There have certainly been other boorish incidents since then – even in my City of Brotherly Love. When you’re in Philly next, give me a shout and we’ll go to a game to see knowledgeable fans – and yes a bunch of idiots too – but most likely they will have been born after 1968.

  6. Philly Boy says:

    I was at that game. As the people on the video explain, on that particular day, that particular Santa deserved to get pelted with snowballs.

  7. Tatts says:

    Seriously? 1968? That was 44 years ago!

    Give it a rest already! Most of the people who were at that game are dead by now.


  8. Yawn. Same tired crap where Philly fans get pilloried for the same boorish behavior that happens at other cities. The only difference is that when it happens in Cleveland, Chicago or LA (homes of repeat, horrible, reprehensible behavior), the individuals are said to “not represent the typical [insert city name] fan.” When it happens in Philly, it gets added to the narrative.

  9. karmanot says:

    And what did Palin say then?

  10. SkippyFlipjack says:

    Hey can we agree not to post links to Bleacher Report articles? The site is just a massive link farm, only paying the tiny percentage of their “sportswriters” who generate the most traffic, so they tend to write nonsense articles like “Top 73 Left Tackles in History”, with one person per page (73 pageviews right there!) that took them 20 minutes to write. They exist just to get people to link to them, not because they write quality stuff. They’re the bottom feeders of the sportswriting world and shouldn’t be supported.

  11. nicho says:

    And one fan, interviewed after the incident, explained: “The fat fuck had it coming.” Ya gotta love Philly.

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