Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (JFK+50) Fifty two years ago today, March 2, 1962, one professional basketball player scored 100 points in a single NBA game played here in Philadelphia.
Wilt Chamberlain*, 7'1" center for the Philadelphia Warriors, set the scoring record which remains unbroken to this day, against the New York Knicks.
Chamberlain, who played for the University of Kansas and the Harlem Globetrotters before joining the NBA, was in his third season with Philadelphia.
The closest any other NBA player has come to that accomplishment was Kobe Bryant who scored 81 points against the Toronto Raptors.
The box score for the historic record-setting night shows that "Wilt the Stilt" knocked down 36 field goals and was 28 of 32 at the free throw line.
Chamberlain's 87.5% free throw shooting that night far eclipsed his abysmal career average of 51.1% at the line.
The final score in the contest was Philadelphia 169, New York 147. The game was attended by 4124.
Wilt Chamberlain was to set another record in the 1962 NBA All-Star Game. He scored 42 points, and that record still stands.
In yesterday's Bleecher Report, Adam Fromal reminds us that the Knicks were the second worst NBA team in 1962, but admits that despite that fact Chamberlain's feat 52 years ago still merits admiration.
*Wilton Norman Chamberlain was born in Philadelphia in 1936. He grew up playing track and field but moved to basketball because of its popularity in the City of Brotherly Love and his height.
Before his NBA career was done, Wilt had won 2 championships and played in the NBA All-Star Game 13 times.
Wilt was inducted in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1978. He died at the age of 63 in 1999.
"Is Wilt Chamberlain's 100 point game overhyped?" by Adam Fromal, www.bleacherreport.com/
RFK PROPOSED PEACE PLAN 47 YEARS AGO TODAY
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) Senator Robert F. Kennedy (D) New York proposed a three point plan to end the war in Vietnam 47 years ago today, March 2, 1967.
His plan called for the suspension of bombing of North Vietnam and the gradual withdrawal of both United States and North Vietnamese troops and their replacement by an international military force.
Secretary of State Dean Rusk said that the plan could not be accepted because the Johnson administration believed North Vietnam would never agree to withdraw their troops from the south.
After LBJ announced his decision not to run for "another term as your president", RFK sought the Democratic nomination for president in 1968.