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Wilt Chamberlain - Chronology

Famous Sports StarsBasketballWilt Chamberlain Biography - A Giant At An Early Age, Recruited By Kansas, From The Jayhawks To The Globetrotters To The Warriors - SELECTED WRITINGS BY CHAMBERLAIN:


1936 Born August 21 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to William and Olivia Chamberlain
1955 Finishes high school career with a total of 2,252 points scored in four years, joins the University of Kansas Jayhawks freshman team
1957 Leads Kansas in the NCAA championships against North Carolina, and earns the title of MVP for the tournament
1958 Leaves Kansas in his junior year, and begins a season with the Harlem Globetrotters, earning a then-unheard of $50,000 a year
1959 Begins his professional career with the Philadelphia Warriors
1960 Engages in the first of eight different NBA championship playoffs against Bill Russell and the Boston Celtics
1961 Begins the season in which he becomes the only player in NBA history to score more than 4,000 points in a single season
1962 Scores 100 points, setting an NBA record for the most points by a single player in a single game, against the New York Knicks on March 2
1962 Moves with the Warriors to San Francisco
1965 Two days after the NBA All-Star Game, is traded to the new Philadelphia 76ers
1966 Leads the Sixers to the best record in the league (55-25)
1967 Capping off a year in which the Philadelphia 76ers set a new league record with a 68-13 season, leads the team to victory over Boston in division finals, and over the San Francisco Warriors in the championships
1968 Traded to Los Angeles Lakers
1972 Leads the Lakers to a season record better than that of Philadelphia in 1966-67 (69-13), and to the second of two NBA championship victories, against the Knicks
1973 Retires with what were then all-time records for total points scored (31,419) and average points per game (30.1), as well as number of rebounds (23,924) and average rebounds per game (22.9)
1991 Publishes second autobiography, A View from Above, containing controversial boast of 20,000 sexual conquests
1999 Dies of heart attack in his sleep at his home in the Bel-Air section of Los Angeles on October 12

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