(This is the first non-baseball post in the history of the Dazzy Vance Chronicles.)
By Glen Sparks
Wilt Chamberlain did a whole lot of “are you kidding me?” sort of stuff in his NBA career.
He scored a record 100 points one game, grabbed a record 55 rebounds in another game, averaged a record 50.4 points one season. … This 7-foot-1-inch center even led the league in assists, a point guard stat, in 1968. … Ok, here is one: An NBA game lasts 48 minutes. Chamberlain averaged 48.5 minutes a game in the 1961-62 campaign. (He played in every minute of 79 of 80 games, plus overtime action.)
So, naturally, he gets to be a 2-inch postage stamp. The U.S. Postal Service and the Philadelphia 76ers plan to dedicate two Wilt Chamberlain Forever stamps during a halftime ceremony at a Dec. 5 game in Oklahoma City versus the Thunder.
Donald Hunt, a writer for The Philadelphia Tribune, led the effort to put Wilt on a postage stamp. The NBA legend joins other so-honored athletes such as Babe Ruth, Joe Louis, Jackie Robinson and Jesse Owens. Kadir Nelson, a San Diego artist, and author/illustrator of We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball, designed the stamps. One illustration is of Chamberlain playing for the Philadelphia Warriors in his younger days. The other is of The Big Dipper playing with the Los Angeles Lakers as a veteran.