Most booed Philly athletes of all time
Only we can boo our guys. You're not allowed to.
Inspired by our "top 10 most un-booable Philly athletes" list, we now bring you some of the players and coaches who have heard more boos than most to ever play in Philadelphia.
We tapped into guys like Jim Salisbury, Marc Zumoff, and Reuben Frank who have been covering our teams as long as anybody for their insight on who got it the loudest over the years.
In no particular order, some guys you've probably booed. We picked a few from each team.
Reminder: these are our guys — we'll present the most-booed opponents next week.
Even the best to ever do it in our city are not immune from the boo birds. Mike Schmidt famously unloaded on Philly fans on a trip to Montreal in 1985. It was so bad that when he returned to Philly, he jokingly wore a wig to hide from the fans.
When you're expected to be the successor to Allen Iverson, there are pretty much no expectations that are reasonable. Iguodala was obviously a great talent in Philadelphia but was never enough to be a centerpiece here and fans often let him hear it.
Stocks can rise and fall in an instant in sports. Bobby Hoying turned from The Next Great Thing to a bum in the blink of an eye. You can be sure the fans sitting up in the 700 Level had some choice words for him.
Is there any position in Philly sports more maligned than Flyers goalie?
Let's go with Roman Cechmanek for this one. It takes a special player to lose a deciding playoff game 8-0. Plus, headbutting pucks is pretty awesome. I will boo the simple thought of it right now.
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times for Kevin Millwood in 2003. After throwing a no-hitter earlier in the season, Millwood was famously booed off the mound in his final start at Veterans Stadium to finish off the season. He was brutal that day and the fans absolutely crushed him.
An old-school draft bust. He was so tall that there was plenty of him for fans to boo. He never lived up to the hype of being selected second overall in the 1993 NBA Draft and struggled throughout his time in Philadelphia.
Mamula was famously booed *at training camp* up in Lehigh after an incident in which he allegedly exposed himself to a female hotel worker at the Sterling Hotel in Allentown.
"I remember a little 12-year-old kid screaming, 'YOU PERVERT,' at him as he ran out to practice," Reuben Frank told us.
The Flyers' teams of the past few seasons were fairly unremarkable. Andrew MacDonald's play was ... not good, but his contract made him the perfect punching bag for a frustrated fan base mired in mediocrity.
Sure, this is an athlete list. But if you've ever coached in Philadelphia, you've been on the receiving end of plenty of boos. Has any coach been booed more than Rich Kotite? Maybe if you add up all of the boos Andy Reid got over a decade-plus.
Kotite may have heard the most boos but nobody heard them quicker than Gabe Kapler in his first series in Philly. Though the boos were not thundering, they were significant and that was remarkable because it came before his first home game after that tough first trip last year. Moral of the story: let your ace pitch and maybe ease into the role when taking over in Philly.
Honorable Mentions: Von Hayes, Billy Wagner, Ricky Watters, Adam Eaton, Kwame Brown
Von Hayes was famously a target of Philly fans' ire but that was way before many of our times. Fans used to boo Billy Wagner when he didn't hit 100 mph on the radar gun. Ricky Watters' "for who, for what?" will never be forgotten.
Anyway, we've booed lots of people over the years. Basically, if it moves, we've booed it.
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