Saturday, March 3, 2012

525

Amtrak engine 525 is a big, powerful machine. Wilton Norman Chamberlain ( 1936-1999)was one too. He was 7 feet 1 inch and weighed 275 pounds. In the National Basketball Association, he was one incredible scoring machine too. Fifty years ago last night, my friend Billy and I were shooting baskets into a short, makeshift basketball hoop at a nearby backyard and listening to a Celtic broadcast with Johnny Most at the microphone, when we heard about an amazing feat. 'Wilt the Stilt' Chamberlain, the Big Dipper, had scored 100 points against the New York Knickerbockers. That 1961-62 season he averaged 50.4 points per game in the NBA. That night the game was not televised. There was no video tape to help document his 36 baskets and 28 foul shots. Just a meager 4,000 screaming Philadelphia Warriors' fans in Hershey, PA were there to witness history in the making. He was the Man! A man who changed the NBA forever that night. And nope Jack, I'm not even going to mention the over 20,000 women he supposedly bedded. I told you he was the 'man'.


17 comments:

  1. I just heard a tribute to Wilt chamberlain on my local NPR station earlier this week. I'm glad I got to see him play many years ago.

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  2. Very interesting comparison about the machines...
    God bless you!
    Cezar

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  3. Sounds like two prodigious "machines."

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  4. That 100 point game is somewhere in my memory bank. Nice photo shot -- barbara

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  5. I hope you leave your brain to science so that someone can probe the connections you make (like train engine to Wilt Chamberlain) :)

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  6. I loved Wilt. I loved the epic battles between him and Bill Russell. I think that it was the golden age of the NBA.

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  7. 7ft 1inch, that's just nuts! Come to think of it that's probably exactly what the 20,000 women he bedded said Birdman haha!

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  8. I love trains. But I'm a little worried about taking the Via rail in Canada. They have a poor safety record. There was just a big derailment outside Toronto last week where quite a f people died. :(

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  9. That's the engine that could. I met Wilt Chamberlain once...coming out of a restaurant in Boca Raton, Florida. I looked up at him and damn near broke my neck!

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  10. Well, both of your topics have power but only Wilt had grace (and I absolutely do not intend that to be a pun). I've heard about that game. The closest I've seen to such an event was my high school playing a weekday afternoon game at Power Memorial on NY's west side. Power was lead by one Lew Alcindor. We were leading at the half and lost the game by only 3. A near miracle.

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  11. I passed one of these today while I was on the southbound train to Albuquerque.

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  12. I remember Wilt the Stilt from days gone by. He was a biggy in the basketball world.

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  13. Johnny Most! What a voice! And, what an unbiased, objective analyst. (Hey, I'm a Celtics guy.)

    Wilt and Bill Russell was the match-up for its time, like Larry and Magic later. I remember the 100 points night.

    And, no, I'm not going to take the bait and comment on the ladies. This is the internet and people will find my comment forever.

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  14. Please forgive me for not knowing Wilt the Stilt is no longer with us!

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