PHOTOS: In 1962, The Media Barely Noticed That Wilt Chamberlain Scored 100 Points

Wilt Chamblerain scores 100

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If Dwight Howard scored 100 points in a game today, the feat would almost certainly generate front page mentions, endless stories on the interwebs, and 24-hour coverage on ESPN. But back in 1962, things were a little different when Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points.Part of the problem was that very few people actually witnessed the event. The game was not televised. There was almost no media coverage with the game being played in Hershey, Pennsylvania. And less than 5,000 people attended the game.

As a result, mentions of the historic event was often limited to a few paragraphs and often wasn’t even on the front page of the sports section.

On the next few pages, we will show you a few examples of how Wilt’s 100-point game was covered…

Sports Illustrated (page 67)

The Miami News (page 4)

Milwaukee Sentinel (page 45)

Ocala Star-Banner (page 11)

Pacific Stars and Stripes (page 19)

Salisbury Times (page 15)

Wilmington Star-News (page 9)

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