Thursday, June 19, 2008

Wilt Chamberlain Harlem Globetrotters

Wilt Chamberlain Harlem Globetrotters[Wilt Chamberlain, three-quarter length portrait, wearing uniform of Harlem Globetrotters basketball team] / World Telegram & Sun photo by Fred Palumbo.

CREATED, PUBLISHED 1959. NOTES NYWT&S staff photo. New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection.
MEDIUM 1 photographic print. CALL NUMBER NYWTS - BIOG--Chamberlain, Wilt--Basketball [item] REPRODUCTION NUMBER LC-USZ62-115428 DLC (b&w film copy neg.) PART OF African American Odyssey

Digital ID: cph 3c15428 Source: b&w film copy neg. Retrieve higher resolution JPEG version (90 kilobytes) Retrieve uncompressed archival TIFF version (12 megabytes)

PERMISSIONS AND CREDITS: Photographs taken by New York World-Telegram & Sun staff photographers are in the public domain and may be used without restriction.

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Wilton Norman Chamberlain grew to be seven feet one inches tall. From his youth he dominated the basketball courts. Attending the University of Kansas for two years, Chamberlain led his team through twenty-four wins and three losses in 1956, his first year on varsity.

He became a Harlem Globetrotter briefly, and signed with the Philadelphia Warriors in 1959. Although he was lured away to other teams, Chamberlain dominated the National Basketball Association (NBA) for fourteen years. Named to the NBA Hall of Fame, he still holds many records, including the honor of being the first player to earn thirty thousand points.

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