Mar. 2, 1962. The Hershey Sports Arena in Hershey, Pennsylvania, was host to a late season NBA game between the Philadelphia Warriors and the New York Knicks. In the early days of the NBA, it was not uncommon for teams to play “home” games in local cities, such as the Warriors playing in Hershey, a town 85 miles from Philadelphia.
The Knicks were in last place in the Eastern Division. The Warriors were in second place behind the eventual champion Boston Celtics. In a small gym, originally built for ice hockey, 4,129 fans showed up to witness what would become a historic night.
The Warriors were led by Wilt Chamberlain, a center out of the University of Kansas, who had already set the NBA record for rebounds in a game with 55 against the Celtics in 1960.
The game against the Knicks was not well-covered by either the New York or Philadelphia media nor was any video footage shot during the game; in fact, only the Associated Press’ photographer stayed the entire game.
Chamberlain had 23 points after one quarter, 59 at the half (still an NBA record for points in a half). By the end of the third quarter, Chamberlain had 69 points. By the halfway point of the fourth quarter, Chamberlain had surpassed his then-NBA record of 78 points in a game. Chamberlain got his 100th point of the game with 46 seconds left.
In honor of the 50th anniversary of this historic night, the Paisano will be taking suggestions from readers over the next few weeks for the most unreachable record in sports.
Which record will never be surpassed? Will it be Chamberlain’s 100 points in an NBA game? Or will it be the consecutive-games-played streak set by Cal Ripken, Jr. of MLB’s Baltimore Orioles?
You will decide by emailing [email protected] with the record that you think is the most unbreakable in sports. The results will be announced in the March 27 issue.