Died: October 12th, 1999
High of His Life: Wilton Norman Chamberlain is regarded by many as the greatest basketball player in the history of everything. Standing over seven feet tall, Wilt is the only player to score 100 points in an NBA game, as well as the only guy to average over 50 pts per game over an entire season… both records that will likely never be touched. While the 100-pt game gets more notice, its the 50+ point average that’s more incredible. To put it in perspective, the 2010-2011 leader in PPG was Kevin Durant, with 28.6. So if Chamberlain beat Durant’s average at 30 one night, that means mathematically he’d have to go out and score 70 the next night. Absolutely ridic.
But as legendary as Wilt’s accomplishments on the hardwood undoubtedly were, the true highs of his life came when his wood was hard. A lifelong bachelor, Chamberlain claimed on several occasions he had sexual intercourse with over 20,000 women.
That’s not a typo. Twenty-THOUSAND women. His lawyer Seymour Goldberg once said “Some people collect stamps, Wilt collected women.” A TV show called In Living Color once did a skit where a mother and daughter stood by a Vietnam-Wall looking structure, that was actually a list of women who had slept with him… and they were both on it.
At the time of the 20,000-women claim, made in his autobiography A View From Above, it was mathematically concluded that he must have had sex with 1.37 women per day, starting from when he was 15.
Low of His Life: Did you not read the first part?? HE HAD SEX WITH 20,000 WOMEN!! And to my knowledge, did so without contracting a sexually transmitted disease! How is that even possible?!
That being said, Chamberlain did have a series of totally dweebish nicknames such as The Big Dipper, Dippy, and Dipper, all of which were references to his need to “dip” his head when he’d walk through a door, NOT his presumably enourmous penis.
People Who See Him As A Hero: Playboys and Centers. Oh, and me.