Frank Olivo became a Philadelphia legend when he played Santa Claus at an Eagles game in 1968. As he walked across the field, upset fans pelted him with snowballs.
“In the late 1960s, the Eagles would end each regular season with a halftime holiday show that featured Santa. But on Dec. 15, 1968, the regular Santa was snowbound in New Jersey.
“An Eagles staffer spotted Mr. Olivo, wearing a Santa suit and a fake beard, with relatives at the 40-yard line, and asked him to fill in. He was told to wave to the fans as walked the field.”
As he did, fans upset with Philadelphia’s performance pelted him with snowballs.
Olivo died Thursday, April 30.