On the night of March 2, 1962, in Hershey, Pennsylvania, Wilt Chamberlain scored one hundred points in a game against the New York Knickerbockers. The game was not televised; no New York sportswriters showed up. This is the fourth quarter of that historic night.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

About Wilt, 1962

On the night of March 2, 1962, in Hershey, Pennsylvania, right up the street from the chocolate factory, Wilt Chamberlain, a young and striking athlete celebrated as the Big Dipper, scored one hundred points in a game against the New York Knickerbockers.

As historic and revolutionary as the achievement was, it remains shrouded in myth. The game was not televised; no New York sportswriters showed up; and a fourteen-year-old local boy ran onto the court when Chamberlain scored his hundredth point, shook his hand, and then ran off with the basketball. In telling the story of this remarkable night, author Gary M. Pomerantz brings to life a lost world of American sports.

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The San Francisco Chronicle
"More than any athlete since Babe Ruth, Wilt Chamberlain transcended his sport, and author Gary Pomerantz shows that beautifully in "Wilt, 1962," the story of Chamberlain's 100-point game." Read the full review »

Praise for Wilt, 1962

“Beautifully written…You love Wilt Chamberlain. You feel the aura of his isolation as he towered above the rest of us in life, and you wish more than ever he was still around because of his very individuality.” —H. G. “Buzz” Bissinger, author of Friday Night Lights

 “A sports book worth talking about, and a moving portrait of a great athlete and his era.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Big, strong, gregarious, dapper: Wilt Chamberlain stood in no man’s shadow — except his own . . . Pomerantz unfolds a meticulous and engaging narrative that illustrates how a combination of obsequious teammates, forgiving rims, and more than a little showmanship (picked up playing a year for the Globetrotters) converged to make a historic evening — and a slam dunk of a read.”—Entertainment Weekly


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The play-by play by was by veteran broadcaster Bill Campbell, and is used courtesy of WPHT Radio. The stadium image is used courtesy of the Hershey Community Archives, Hershey, PA. This page is maintained by The Crown Publishing Group.

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