Wilt: Alpha mail?

Chamberlain
Chamberlain
Posted: May 16, 2013

A POSTAGE stamp for Wilt?

According to a recent report, the late Wilt Chamberlain, an NBA star who starred at Overbrook High, is on the short list of those being considered for next year's U.S. Stamp Program.

In the upcoming May 27 issue of Linn's Stamp News, Bill McAllister reports that Wilt, the Beatles, Elizabeth Taylor, Steve Jobs, Julia Child, Sarah Vaughn and James Brown are among those on the list.

According to Donald Hunt, of the Philadelphia Tribune, the Chamberlain stamp is tentatively scheduled to be issued in February, which coincides with Black History Month.

Hunt has been advocating for a Wilt stamp since 2008.

Other athletes who have had commemorative stamps issued include: Jackie Robinson, Roberto Clemente, Red Grange, Joe Louis, both Babes (Zaharias and Ruth), Arthur Ashe and Jack Dempsey.

Chamberlain was the first (and only) NBA player to score 100 points in a game . . . The first to go over 3,000 points in a season . . . And, the first (and only player) to pull down more than 2,000 rebounds in a season.

If he gets a stamp, it'll mark one final "first" for the big guy.

He'll be the first NBA player to ever receive such an honor.

An official announcement from the U.S. Postal Service is expected later this year.

Dats a shame

Early yesterday, a story circulated that Downington East wide receiver Harris turned down a scholarship to Michigan State to pursue a career in rap music.

Then came another story that said it was the other around.

A source told Philly.com that the highly recruited star had a scholarship rescinded by the school after he posted nine questionable rap videos on YouTube.

The 18-year-old Harris, who scored 13 touchdowns last season, performs under the name Jay DatBull. He uses explicit profanity in the videos. In one, titled, "DatBull 4 Life," he appears to be smoking marijuana.

One thing is clear: Harris will miss out on an education, choosing instead to follow a path that is more rhyme than reason.

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