Philly booed Santa, but Santa still smiles

Frank Olivo, who was once pelted with snowballs, still loves fans in Philadelphia

Updated: December 22, 2011, 3:10 PM ET
By Elizabeth Merrill | ESPN.com

PHILADELPHIA -- The old suit fell apart around the same time the old man's body did. There have been a hundred stories written about Frank Olivo's Santa costume, and most of them, he said, have been inaccurate. It was not a frumpy suit; it cost $100, which was big money back in the 1960s. It lasted nearly 40 Christmases, thanks to a lot of sewing and mending by his wife, but the corduroy finally gave, and Olivo sighed when the suit had to be put to rest.

A long time ago, before that ...

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