It's the biggest crutch of many a sports writer across the country to perpetuate their narrative that Philadelphia sports fans are the worst humans ever created. Yet it happened well over 40 years ago and very few people actually know the real story or background.
Today, Ray Didinger treats us to a first-hand account from the KYW newsman who actually reported the story way back in 1968. You can go read the whole account if you'd like, but here's my favorite part:
For the most part, the incident otherwise was viewed as a non-story.
What I want to know is where is this video tape he says existed of the incident?
The only other account of the incident I've ever read that appears to be worthwhile is in Glen Macnow and Anthony Gargano's "The Great Philadelphia Fan Book." [Google Books link to tale] They play up the shoddiness of the makeshift Santa and also point out how drunk he may or may not have been.
The moral of the story? Philadelphians threw snowballs at Santa once in 1968. That was over 40 years ago. But we'd still probably do it again if it snowed this coming Sunday.
After all, Andy Reid probably put Santa in that position.