On this day in 1962, Philadelphia Warriors center Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points in a 169-147 win over the New York Knicks in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Widely considered one of the greatest personal records in all of sports, Chamberlain’s feat was not televised and no video footage of the game exists.
“True, over-anxiousness caused Wilt to miss some shots he’d ordinarily make. But he made some he wouldn’t have dared taken under ordinary circumstances. Long jumpers from 25–30 feet out with two and three men clinging onto the wiry, 260-pound frame. Power-packed dunk shots when he had to bull through, around and over a tight knot of defenders. Blazing speed that carried him downcourt for layups after he had launched the fast break with a rebound himself. He earned every point.”
—Jack Kiser, The Philadelphia Enquirer