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Bucks County Town Traces Wilt Chamberlain’s Footsteps

Benner Memorial Hall in Richlandtown, Pennsylvania. (Credit: Carl Raub)

Benner Memorial Hall in Richlandtown, Pennsylvania. (Credit: Carl Raub)

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By Brad Segall

RICHLANDTOWN, Pa. (CBS) – Efforts are underway in an Upper Bucks County community to learn more about the days basketball legend Wilt Chamberlain spent playing in a semi-pro league nearly sixty years ago.

Officials in Richlandtown have been making improvements to Benner Hall hoping the rental facility one day becomes the epicenter of the community. But there’s also some history in that building. Mayor Carl Raub says Wilt Chamberlain played there in 1954 and 1955 as a member of the Quakertown Fays while he was still at Overbrook High School.

Raub says they’re now looking for people who may have pictures or documentation of those days. “I think that’s always intriguing and that does peek people’s interest. Very little is known about it and it was very hard for me to get any information on it, but what I’ve been able to gather I’ve tried to put all together so we had it.”

The Fays were one of nine teams that played in the community league that spanned Bucks and Lehigh counties. One day, Raub says they hope to mark the building’s history with a plaque and a photo display of its brush with a man who would go on to become an NBA legend.

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