Today in Sports History: October 12

By Veronica An

In 1999, Wilt Chamberlain passed away at the age of 63 in his home in Bel-Air, Calif. Chamberlain first joined the NBA in 1959 when he debuted with the Harlem Globetrotters. During his rookie season, he averaged 37.6 points and 27.0 rebounds; winning the NBA Rookie of the Year Award. He was also won the All-Star Game Most Valuable Player and NBA Most Valuable Player and was selected to the All-NBA First Team. According to, Chamberlain considered leaving the NBA after his first season due to the heavy fouls he often received during games. Next season, he came back stronger and continued to dominate the court; averaging of 50.4 points per game and ending the 1960-61 season with 4,000 points. One of his most memorable performances came in 1962 when he scored 28 out of 32 free throws, leading the Warriors to defeat the New York Knicks 169-147. After this stand-out performance, Chamberlain continued to excel, ending his career as a 13-time NBA All-Star, first-ballot Hall of Famer and holder of numerous records.

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