Saturday, March 3, 2012
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'.