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By Mike Dougherty
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Today, on the 50th anniversary of Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game (see related story), his friends, fans, and some family members gathered for a luncheon at a West Philadelphia banquet hall to celebrate the achievement.
Many former players in attendance today said a 100-point game won’t ever happen again. They say Wilt had the perfect combination of natural ability and drive to do things that others could only dream of.
His sister Barbara says Wilt was about much more than just basketball, and that making people happy is what he enjoyed most:
“He used to get us all jobs, because they would come to him. He got the whole (women’s) basketball team a job when we were younger. He just was so good to my mom and dad and to all of our friends.”
“He would take me back to school out at Villanova when I was in school and he was still here playing with the Warriors,” recalls former Knicks and Lakers player Tom Hoover. “The humanity side of him, the good part of him… he was a good guy.”
The luncheon was organized by the Wilton Norman Chamberlain Postal Stamp Committee, which, after four years, is still working to have a Wilt stamp printed by the US Postal Service.