One of the gaudiest numbers ever posted in any professional sport at any time, ironically, was recorded in a game played in Hershey, Pa. Wilt’s Philadelphia Warriors played a few of their “home games” in Hershey in 1962 to widen their fan base, but this was such a meaningless regular-season game that there were only two photographers at the game and no TV coverage or film footage. As a result, the game visually remains mostly a blank.
Chamberlain had been an almost unstoppable offensive force since entering the NBA during the 1959-60 season, when he became the first and only rookie to ever lead the league in scoring, with a 37.6-points-per-game average. The 1961-62 season was the high-water mark of his career offensively, as he averaged 50.4 points throughout the entire season. In Wilt’s 100-point game, interestingly enough, he was hardly the only Warrior to score. Philadelphia beat the lowly Knicks, 169-147, and this was before the 3-point basket. Chamberlain’s field-goal shooting percentage was only a mediocre .511 (36-for-63), but his free-throw accuracy – normally a weakness of his game – was spectacular, as he made 28 of 32 foul shots.