Yearbook, Oct. 12: RIP Wilt Chamberlain

October, 12, 2012
Oct. 12, 1999: On this day 13 years ago, the sporting world lost an unparalleled figure: Wilton Norman Chamberlain, who -- among many other things -- played with the Kansas Jayhawks, Philadelphia/San Francisco Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Lakers (first photo); did battle with some of the game's other greatest centers, such as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (second photo); won two championships, with the Lakers in 1971-72 and the 76ers in 1966-67 (third photo); held -- for a time -- the NBA's all-time scoring record (fourth photo); and set a record we venture never will be broken, 100 points in a single game (fifth photo).

What? We didn't even mention his 50.4 points-per-game average in 1961-62 (he holds the four best averages in league history), his career average of 22.9 rebounds (also best ever) or a claim of his that transformed how we viewed this Philadelphia native?

Well, we just did. But we're still missing many things. That was Wilt ...

Wilt ChamberlainDick Raphael/NBAE/Getty Images
Kareem Abdul-JabbarGeorge Long/Getty Images
Wilt ChamberlainAP Photo
ChamberlainGetty Images
Wilt ChamberlainAP Photo/Paul Vathis
Patrick Dorsey is a Los Angeles-based writer and editor for He has worked for the Web and newspapers. He also played in one Division-III golf tournament (he shot 105).



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