Philadelphia Eagles 1968 Game Ticket From Infamous ‘Santa Snowball’ Incident Sells For Hundreds

A game ticket from an infamous moment in Philadelphia sports history has fetched hundreds of dollars. A 1968 Philadelphia Eagles ticket from the game where fans booed Santa Claus and pelted him with snowballs sold for $662 on eBay.

The story has become a part of Philadelphia sports lore and also a lazy narrative national media uses to describe Philly fans despite the incident happening 55 years ago.

For those unfamiliar with the story, it goes like this. Eagles fans bombarded a man dressed as Santa with snowballs during halftime of a game against the Minnesota Vikings on Dec. 15, 1968, at Franklin Field.

It was a particularly frustrating season for the Eagles, who were in the midst of a 2-12 campaign. The team had planned a Christmas-themed halftime show, which included a man dressed as Saint Nick. However, the original Santa had been unable to attend due to the heavy snowfall that day.

As a last-minute replacement, 19-year-old Frank Olivo, who was dressed in a Santa suit and had a fake white beard, was called upon to fill in. As Olivo made his way onto the field, the angry fans, who were already in a sour mood due to the Eagles’ poor performance and the inclement weather where temperatures were in the low 20s, began to boo and jeer.

The situation escalated when some fans started hurling snowballs at the stand-in Santa. The snowballs, which were packed tightly due to the wet snow, pelted Olivo as he tried to make his way across the field. Despite the barrage of snowballs, Olivo managed to complete his appearance before leaving the field.

Olivo ended up embracing his role in the unusual event, even appearing at Eagles games in subsequent years dressed as Santa. The incident has also been referenced in the movie “Invincible” and an episode of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.”

“Well, naturally, I love it,” Olivo told ESPN.com in an interview in 2011. “I’m the guy that wanted to be in show business, so this is as far as I got.”

Olivo added, “Philadelphia sports fans have the reputation of being the worst in the country, and it’s bull. Because the Philadelphia sports fan, regardless of whether the team is good or bad, they will fill these stadiums, they’ll put their money out to go to these games, they’ll support the team.”

Olivo passed away in 2015 at the age of 66 after a battle with heart disease.

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