In 1962, the National Basketball Association, stepchild to the college game, was searching for its identity. Its teams were mostly white, the number of black players limited by an unspoken quota. Games were played in drafty, half-filled arenas, and the players traveled on buses and trains, telling tall tales, playing cards, and sometimes reading Joyce. Into this scene stepped the unprecedented Wilt Chamberlain: strong and quick-witted, voluble and enigmatic, a seven-footer who played with a colossal will and a dancer¿s grace.
Pomerantz tracked down Knicks and Philadelphia Warriors, fans, journalists, team officials, other NBA stars of the era, and basketball historians, conducting more than 250 interviews in all, to recreate in painstaking detail the game that announced the Dipper's greatness.
At the heart of the book is the self-made Chamberlain, a romantic cosmopolitan who owned a nightclub in Harlem and shrugged off segregation with a bebop cool but harbored every slight deep in his psyche. March 2, 1962, presented the awesome sight of Wilt Chamberlain imposing himself on a world that would diminish him.
Wilt, 1962 is not only the dramatic story of a singular basketball game but a meditation on small towns, midcentury America, and one of the most intriguing figures in the pantheon of sports heroes.
BONUS: This audio contains the original fourth quarter radio broadcast of Wilt's record-shattering 100 point game.
©2005 Gary M. Pomerantz; (P)2005 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.
"In his undeniable excellence and egotism, Wilt Chamberlain was America itself, inspiring worship, ambivalence, and downright awe." (Philadelphia Inquirer)
A great book for any sports fan. The Author not only covers the game in which Wilt scored 100 point, against the Nicks, but also does and indepthj analysis of Wilt. He talks about the relationship with Bill Russell, and other players. He also does a good job of including the store of the boy who stole the game ball.
The best part of the book, is the actual recording of the fourth quarter of the game. There was no TV at the game that night at Hersey Pennsylvania, but the actual recording shows the excitement when Wilt scored 100 point so many years ago.
For me it was definitely a five star book.
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