PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Big Dipper was larger than life. His size, his statistics, even his voracious appetite for running up big numbers off the court.
Wilt Chamberlain didn’t just tower over his peers, he left records that endured for decades.
And for 50 years, one mighty number has stood as the Mount Everest of sport’s magic numbers.
At 25, Chamberlain had already crafted a career built on steady, sustained and spectacular excellence. Playing at 7-foot-1 and 260-pounds for the Philadelphia Warriors, Chamberlain held the single-game record of 78 points (in three overtimes) and the regulation mark of 73 points in January 1962.
One hundred points was no flash of momentary greatness. It was a fireball of scoring that will likely never be topped — and put Chamberlain everywhere from the record book, to “The Ed Sullivan Show,” to an unmatched spot in the short list of sport’s all-time unbelievable performances.
But on March 2, 1962 at the Hershey Sports Arena, hardly anyone noticed.