Ed. note: For the 50th anniversary of Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point game, author Gary M. Pomerantz adapted a speech he gave in Hershey, Pa., in 2005. His book, "WILT, 1962," can be purchased here.
In the early 1960's, Wilt Chamberlain said he was attacked by a mountain lion.
He told his good friend Cal Ramsey that he was alone in the country when the mountain lion leaped from rocks onto him.
Wilt said, "I killed him with my bare hands."
Ramsey expressed his doubts. To prove his point, Wilt pulled back his shirt to reveal several long scars on his shoulder, which Ramsey admitted looked like claw marks.
Was the story true? Who knew with Wilt?
In a hotel lobby once, his Philadelphia Warriors' teammates crowded around, Wilt told another story. It was about his first professional team, the Harlem Globetrotters, and their visit to Russia in 1960. Wilt said the Politburo invited the team to dinner. There, he said, the Soviet premier, Nikita Khrushchev, proposed toasts, and everyone at the table drank shots of vodka.
In Wilt's telling, Khrushchev said, "Nobody leaves until only one man is sitting up straight!"
One by one, the Globetrotters fell away, resting their heads atop the table, defeated by vodka. The Politburo members gave up, too. The toasts continued.Full Story >>