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Wilt, 1962 - The Night of 100 Points and the Dawn of a New Era-logo

Wilt, 1962 - The Night of 100 Points and the Dawn of a New Era

Gary M. Pomerantz

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. In 1962, the National Basketball Association, stepchild to the college game, was searching for its identity. Its teams were mostly white, the number of black players limited by an unspoken quota. Games were played in drafty, half-filled arenas, and the players traveled on buses and trains, telling tall tales, playing cards, and sometimes reading Joyce. Into this scene stepped the unprecedented Wilt Chamberlain: strong and quick-witted, voluble and enigmatic, a seven-footer who played with a colossal will and a dancer's grace. That strength, will, grace, and mystery were never more in focus than on March 2, 1962. Pomerantz tracked down Knicks and Philadelphia Warriors, fans, journalists, team officials, other NBA stars of the era, and basketball historians, conducting more than 250 interviews in all, to recreate in painstaking detail the game that announced the Dipper's greatness. He brings us to Hershey, Pennsylvania, a sweet-seeming model of the gentle, homogeneous small-town America that was fast becoming anachronistic. We see the fans and players, alternately fascinated and confused by Wilt, drawn anxiously into the spectacle. Pomerantz portrays the other legendary figures in this story: the Warriors' elegant coach Frank McGuire; the beloved, if rumpled, team owner Eddie Gottlieb; and the irreverent p.a. announcer Dave "the Zink" Zinkoff, who han

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. In 1962, the National Basketball Association, stepchild to the college game, was searching for its identity. Its teams were mostly white, the number of black players limited by an unspoken quota. Games were played in drafty, half-filled arenas, and the players traveled on buses and trains, telling tall tales, playing cards, and sometimes reading Joyce. Into this scene stepped the unprecedented Wilt Chamberlain: strong and quick-witted, voluble and enigmatic, a seven-footer who played with a colossal will and a dancer's grace. That strength, will, grace, and mystery were never more in focus than on March 2, 1962. Pomerantz tracked down Knicks and Philadelphia Warriors, fans, journalists, team officials, other NBA stars of the era, and basketball historians, conducting more than 250 interviews in all, to recreate in painstaking detail the game that announced the Dipper's greatness. He brings us to Hershey, Pennsylvania, a sweet-seeming model of the gentle, homogeneous small-town America that was fast becoming anachronistic. We see the fans and players, alternately fascinated and confused by Wilt, drawn anxiously into the spectacle. Pomerantz portrays the other legendary figures in this story: the Warriors' elegant coach Frank McGuire; the beloved, if rumpled, team owner Eddie Gottlieb; and the irreverent p.a. announcer Dave "the Zink" Zinkoff, who han
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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. In 1962, the National Basketball Association, stepchild to the college game, was searching for its identity. Its teams were mostly white, the number of black players limited by an unspoken quota. Games were played in drafty, half-filled arenas, and the players traveled on buses and trains, telling tall tales, playing cards, and sometimes reading Joyce. Into this scene stepped the unprecedented Wilt Chamberlain: strong and quick-witted, voluble and enigmatic, a seven-footer who played with a colossal will and a dancer's grace. That strength, will, grace, and mystery were never more in focus than on March 2, 1962. Pomerantz tracked down Knicks and Philadelphia Warriors, fans, journalists, team officials, other NBA stars of the era, and basketball historians, conducting more than 250 interviews in all, to recreate in painstaking detail the game that announced the Dipper's greatness. He brings us to Hershey, Pennsylvania, a sweet-seeming model of the gentle, homogeneous small-town America that was fast becoming anachronistic. We see the fans and players, alternately fascinated and confused by Wilt, drawn anxiously into the spectacle. Pomerantz portrays the other legendary figures in this story: the Warriors' elegant coach Frank McGuire; the beloved, if rumpled, team owner Eddie Gottlieb; and the irreverent p.a. announcer Dave "the Zink" Zinkoff, who han

Language:

English

Narrators:

Roscoe Orman

Length:

6h 19m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

04:17


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:55


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:07


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:48


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:43


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:42


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:56


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:24


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:00


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:28


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:32


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:00


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:08


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:59


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:18


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:02


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:47


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:54


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:14


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:18


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:47


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:52


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:07


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:51


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:24


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:07


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

02:33


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:22


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

03:15


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:31


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:43


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:05


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:00


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:12


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:43


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:38


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:18


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:11


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

03:59


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

03:23


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:36


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

02:44


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

01:10


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

03:10


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

03:35


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

03:46


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:04


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:06


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:19


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:40


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:57


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:49


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:33


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:24


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:26


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:50


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:45


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:33


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

03:44


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:16


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:11


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:02


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:44


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:31


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

05:08


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:26


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:30


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:11


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

06:24


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

07:12


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

07:04


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:13


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

03:19