This Day In Sports History (February 14th) — Wilt Chamberlain

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It was on this day in 1966 that Wilt Chamberlain broke the NBA’s career scoring record, which was previously held by Bob Pettit at 20,880.  Wilt “The Stilt” would eventually finish his career with a total of 31,419 points, which currently ranks him fourth all-time.

Since retiring, Chamberlain’s point total has been surpassed by only Michael Jordan (32,292), Karl Malone (36,928) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387).  However, the Hall of Fame center still holds the record for the highest point-per-game average (30.1), which has only been tied by Jordan.  One record belonging to Chamberlain that will not be changing hands anytime soon is his record for most points in a single game, with 100.  He recorded it in 1962 as a member of the Philadelphia Warriors.  Kobe Bryant’s 81 against the Raptors in 2006 is the next highest single game scoring output to date.

Chamberlain was a dominant force during his time in the NBA.  Few players have come along and had the same type of impact that Wilt had during his 14-year career.  Here is a tribute to “The Big Dipper.”

Notable Birthdays

Jim Kelly, NFL – Born February 14th 1960 (age 54) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Gheorghe Muresan, NBA – Born February 14th 1971 (age 43) in Tritenii de Jos, Romania

Drew Bledsoe, NFL – Born February 14th 1972 (age 42) in Elensburg, Washington

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