Friday Flashback: Wilt Chamberlain Scores 100 Points

chamberlain100Even when I look at it now, 56 years later, it is still hard to fathom that someone could score 100 points in a basketball game.  Wilt Chamberlain accomplished this amazing record on March 2, 1962 to lead his Philadelphia Warriors to a 169-147 win over the New York Knicks.  The game was played at Hershey Sports Arena in Hershey, Pennsylvania.  The game was played in Hershey because the National Basketball Association (NBA) was not yet considered a major sports league and would often play “home” games in other locations to attract new fans.  The game in Hershey was the home game for the Warriors.

The NBA regular season was close to the end with the Warriors (46-29) in second place behind the Boston Celtics and the Knicks were in last place.

The Warriors jumped out to a 19-3 lead with Chamberlain accounting for 13 points.  He finished the quarter with 23 points.  By halftime, Chamberlain had an impressive 41 points.  He eclipsed his own personal record for scoring when he notched his 79th point with 7:51 left in the game.  In the final minutes, the game plan was clear to get the ball to Chamberlain.  The Knicks began fouling anyone with the ball except for Chamberlain and slowing down the game when they had possession of the ball.  With 46 seconds, Chamberlain scored his 100th point as the sparse crowd went crazy.  Unfortunately, there are no television or radio accounts of the game but witnesses differ between Chamberlain laying up the 100th shot or scoring it with a slam dunk.  The next highest scorer for the Warriors on that night was Al Attles with 17 points.  Richie Guerin led the Knicks with 39.  Chamberlain was 36 of 63 shots from the field and made 28 of his 32 free throw attempts.

After the celebration for Chamberlain scoring his 100th point, the final 46 seconds was played but Chamberlain simply stood in the circle and said that “100 sounded better than 102”.


The teams played again in New York two nights later and Chamberlain was held to “only” 58 points in the rematch.  Chamberlain finished the season with 4,029 points and the only player in NBA history to break the 4,000 point barrier.

Philadelphia finished 49-31.  The Warriors edged Syracuse 3 games to 2 in the division semifinals but then lost in seven games to the Boston Celtics in the division finals.  The Warriors’ franchise moved to San Francisco the next season and would later become today’s Golden State Warriors.

Chamberlain played 13 more seasons with the Philadelphia 76ers (1965-1968) and Los Angeles Lakers (1968-1973).  He won two NBA titles in 1967 and 1972.

The only player to come within reach of Chamberlain’s record was Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers who scored 81 points in January 2006 in a game against the Toronto Raptors.

Wilt Chamberlain’s Top Scoring Games in NBA history:

  • 78 – December 1961 vs. Los Angeles Lakers
  • 73 – January 1962 vs. Chicago Packers
  • 73 – November 1962 vs. New York Knicks
  • 72 – November 1962 vs. Los Angeles Lakers
  • 70 – March 1963 vs. Syracuse Nationals
  • 68 – December 1967 vs. Philadelphia 76ers
  • 67 – March 1961 vs. New York Knicks
  • 67 – February 1962 vs. St. Louis Hawks
  • 67 – February 1962 vs. New York Knicks
  • 67 – January 1963 vs. Los Angeles Lakers
  • 66 – February 1969 vs. Phoenix Suns
  • 65 – February 1962 vs. Cincinnati Royals
  • 65 – February 1962 vs. St. Louis Hawks
  • 65 – February 1966 vs. Los Angeles Lakers
  • 63 – December 1962 vs. Los Angeles Lakers
  • 63 – November 1964 vs. Philadelphia 76ers




Friday Flashback: Kansas City Monarchs’ First World Series Win

Kansas City Monarchs Win First Negro League World Series

As baseball season approaches the 2017 World Series, today we take a look at the Kansas City Monarchs and their history in baseball’s first Negro Leagues World Series.

On this date in 1924, the Kansas City Monarchs won the first Negro League World Series when they defeated Hilldale 5-0 to win the series.  The game was a best-0f-nine series between the Monarchs who were champions of the Negro National League and Hilldale which claimed the Eastern Colored League crown.  Hilldale was known as the Hilldale Athletic Club and were based out of Darby, Pennsylvania near Philadelphia.

The Negro Leagues were established during the period in the United States when organized baseball was segregated.

Kansas City entered the series with a record of 55-22.   Hilldale had a record of 47-22.

The Monarchs were led by Bullet Rogan and Jose Mendez in the series.

Jose Mendez

Kansas City opened the series on October 3rd with a 6-2 win over Hilldale.  Rogan pitched an 8-hitter and held Hilldale scoreless until two outs in the ninth inning.  The Monarchs broke the game open with a five-run sixth inning.  Hilldale rebounded with an 11-0 blowout of the Monarchs to tie the series at 1-1.  The teams played to a 6-6 tie in the third game when the game was called because of darkness after 13 innings.  Hilldale won the next two games in the series to take a 3-1 lead.  Kansas City jumped out to score four runs in the first inning over game six then held on for a 6-5 win.  Newt Joseph stole home in the fourth inning of game seven and Rogan drove in the winning run in the 12th inning for the Monarchs to tie up the series at 3-3.  In one of the Negro League’s storied games, the Monarchs rallied for three runs in the ninth inning to edge Hilldale to take a 4-3 lead in the series.  Hilldale responded with a 5-3 win in game nine to set up the series deciding game on October 20, 1924.  Although still weak from surgery before the series and advised by a doctor not to exert himself, Méndez had already pitched 10 innings of relief in the first nine games.  He matched Hilldale starter Scrip Lee for seven innings until Lee tired in the bottom of the eighth and the Monarchs scored five runs off of him, including one by Méndez himself.  Hilldale was unable to score in the ninth inning.


Game 10 Box Score


The Monarchs would not win another Negro World Series title until 1942.


Friday Flashback: First High School Football Game

Oneida Football Club was the first “high school” football team


As you know from reading my blog, I am a high school football fan.  As I thought about the subject of this week’s Friday Flashback subject, I wondered about the first high school football game.

My research turned up that the first recorded high school football game was played in 1825 by Oneida Football Club in Boston, Massachusetts.  There is an inscription near Frog Pond on Boston Common which reads:  “On this field, the Oneida Football Club of Boston, the first organized football club in the United States, played against all comers from 1862 to 1865.  The Oneida goal was never crossed.”

There isn’t any record of the first game but 13 of the 16 Oneida players attended Epes Sargent Dixwell’s Private Latin School.  At that time, football was mostly a recess game and resembled more like rugby than today’s modern American football.

A “touchdown” in this early, prehistoric version of football was scored by crossing a line at the end of the field. There were no goalposts. To start the game, the ball was dropped into the middle of the field, and play was continuous until one side crossed goal line. The ball itself was not the oblong ball used today but was more like a square with the corners rounded off.

The most celebrated game Oneida ever played was on Nov. 7, 1863, against a combined team from Boston English and Boston Latin. Oneida won the game and the ball which was used can be found at the Historic New England museum, on Cambridge Street.

In the State of Georgia, Cedartown is the earliest recorded team to play in 1887.  Back during those days, games were played in the community.  Thomasville and Valdosta played as far back as 1895 as well.  According to the Georgia High School Football Historians, the first organized championship games were played in 1948.  Lanier (Macon) beat Marist 15-14 for the AA title, Fitzgerald defeated Decatur 20-19 for the A title, West Point topped Cordele 20-6 for the Class B title and Fort Valley defeated Gordon Lee 25-14 for the Class C championship.

The first high school football game I attended was on November 21, 1975.  It was the Region 2B Championship Game between Clinch County and Charlton County which was played in Waycross, Georgia.  Charlton County won the game 6-0.  I was attending middle school in Folkston, Georgia in the Charlton County school system.  My dad’s alma mater was Clinch County where he had played football.  Needless to say, it was a house divided.  I remember thinking how cool it was to attend the game at historic Waycross Memorial Stadium.  As I recall, Clinch County dominated the game statistically but Charlton County scored early then held on to win the game.