Wilt Chamberlain


American Athlete



Outstanding American basketball player Wilt "The Stilt" Chamberlain parlayed his 7-foot-1-inch physique, agility and natural skills offensively and defensively, into a stellar career as one of the greatest basketball players of all time.

Chamberlain was born in Philadelphia on August 21, 1936. He was a frail child. In high school at Overlook High School he began playing basketball and was the start of the team. He went to Kansas University were he dominated the team and the opposition. He dropped out after his junior year and played with the Harlem Globetrotters for one year. He then joined the NBA in 1959 by starting to play for the Philadelphia warriors. He subsequently played for the Philadelphia 76’ers, Los Angeles Lakers ending his career with the San Diego Conquistidors


Chamberlain dominated basketball until his retirement in the 1972, averaging more than 50 points each game. He still holds the record for scoring points in a single game: 100 against the New York Knicks in 1962. Bibliography:

Frankl, Ron. Introduction by Chuck Daly. Wilt Chamberlain. New York : Chelsea House Publishers, c1995.

Chamberlain, Wilt. A View From Above. New York: Signet : Published by the Penquin Group, 1992, c1991.