It’s hard to believe that the 50th Anniversary of Wilt Chamerblain’s 100 point game is just around the corner.
On March 2, 1962, Wilt Chamberlain took to a basketball court in Hershey, Pennsylvania playing for the Philadelphia Warriors. That evening he scored a record 100 points in a 169 -147 win over the New York Knicks. Chamberlain’s scoring feat set a record that many believe is one of the most unbreakable in sports, and in the 50 years since the event no player has even come close.
Just 2 days after Wilt Chamberlain’s 100 point game, the basketball star came on The Ed Sullivan Show for an interview. Ed introduced Wilt The Stilt to the audience saying, “History was made this week…Wilt Chamberlain threw in 36 field goals, 28 foul [shots] for a total of 100 points. This is just absolutely incredible.” With that the towering Wilt Chamberlain walked on stage looking more than twice as tall as Ed. Then one of the strangest and weirdest events from an Ed Sullivan Show took place. A very short man, measuring no more than 3 ft., walked on stage, looked Wilt in the eyes and then bit his leg! After Wilt chased this little “ruffian” off the stage, Ed Sullivan and the crowd congratulated the legendary basketball player for his amazing feat.
Following this appearance Wilt Chamberlain became a frequent guest on The Ed Sullivan Show playing pickup exhibition games with The Harlem Globetrotters and taking customary Sullivan Show celebrity bows. Wilt’s larger-than-life figure, sense of humor and gregarious personality made him an unforgettable Ed Sullivan Show guest.