November 12, 2010 |
There was a time when sold out crowds gathered each week at the Arena, in West Philadelphia, and later the Spectrum to watch Judy Arnold and her Philadelphia Warriors wreak havoc on the roller-derby track. It was a sport that in its heyday could draw more fans than basketball or hockey did, and was a television staple that combined athleticism and showmanship with nonstop action. "The fans in Philadelphia went crazy for roller games," said Gary Powers, curator of the National Roller Derby Hall of Fame and Museum, in Brooklyn.
November 8, 2013 |
Most of the landmarks in Ernie Beck's claustrophobic basketball biography could have been visited on a $10 cab ride. The Mitchell School playground in his old Southwest Philly neighborhood. The nearby gym at Most Blessed Sacrament, 55th and Chester. The Arena. And Convention Hall, which stood on the 34th Street site where Beck now takes his wife for cancer treatments. That peculiar Philadelphia hoops geography, where many in the generation that gave this city its basketball reputation were nurtured and showcased, has, like a lot of the men themselves, disappeared.
June 15, 2015 |
I didn't leave my heart in San Francisco. The Philadelphia Warriors, without my consent, took it there. For me, the Warriors' sudden and unexpected departure for California in 1962 was a sting as sharp as death's. And while healing came with time, wisdom did not. I didn't understand the move then, and, 53 years later, I still don't. This week, seeing and hearing the Warriors' name so often during these 2015 NBA Finals, I had to wonder again why my beloved basketball franchise abandoned me. If, as we like to believe, Philadelphia is a basketball town, then the Warriors should have been a bedrock civic institution, like TastyKake or the Museum of Art. Instead, despite an unusually successful history, a hometown superstar who happened to be the world's greatest player, a supporting cast teeming with Philadelphia talent, and attendance that was average at worst, they left.
December 5, 2014 |
Philadelphia Tribune sportswriter Donald Hunt had an idea, wrote a column about it, and could have left it at that. His idea: Wilt Chamberlain belongs on a stamp. A big stamp, befitting the most dominant basketball player in the history of the game, an Overbrook High graduate who took the NBA record book to all sorts of heights not approached since. Hunt wrote his "From the Locker Room" column in the Tribune on Feb. 15, 2008. He pointed out that other sports greats such as Jackie Robinson and Jesse Owens had their images on stamps.
March 7, 2012 |
On Friday, in an unusual giveaway, the Sixers handed fans commemorative pieces of the basketball court on which Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points. Not surprisingly, quite a few have already found their way to eBay. Some prices fetched wouldn't quite cover a family visit to a game at the Wells Fargo Center - counting parking, food and beverages - but $50 to $260 isn't bad for a 2-inch square of wood. Of course, it's not just any wood, but the floor on which a Hall of Fame legend, who went to Overbrook High, set an NBA record that no one has ever threatened.
January 14, 2012
Al Attles' favorite memory of Wilt Chamberlain: The legendary 100-point game he produced for the Philadelphia Warriors against the Knicks on March 2, 1962. But Attles, who attends every Warriors home game, also remembers being on hand just days earlier when Chamberlain - his former teammate - set a record with 34 free-throw attempts. Attles never expected either record to be broken in his lifetime. But there he was Thursday night, watching as Dwight Howard stepped to the foul line time and again in the Magic's 117-109 victory at Golden State.
March 20, 2013 |
TOM GOLA Born: Jan. 13, 1933. Age 80 Birthplace: Philadelphia High school: La Salle College: La Salle (1951-55). Led Explorers to 1954 NCAA national championship and runner-up finish in 1955. National player of the year in 1954 and UPI player of year in 1955. Most Outstanding Player in 1954 Final Four. Three-time All-America. NIT co-MVP in 1952, as Explorers took NIT title College stats: Gola was a 6-6 forward. He averaged 20.9 points and 19.0 rebounds. Had 2,201 career rebounds, still an NCAA record PRO BASKETBALL CAREER: * Drafted by Philadelphia Warriors in 1955 as a territorial pick * Warriors: 1955-62; Knicks: 1962-66 * NBA champion in 1956 with Warriors * 5-time NBA All-Star * Stats: Points 7,871 (11.3 ppg)
March 2, 2012
THE FIRST 30 minutes of tonight's editions of "Daily News Live" on Comcast SportsNet will be a roundtable discussion on Wilt Chamberlain's legacy on the 50th anniversary of his 100-point game. Host Michael Barkann will lead the conversation with Chamberlain's former teammate, Al Attles; Sixers ambassador Sonny Hill; and Daily News columnist Stan Hochman. "Daily News Live" airs at 5 p.m. The Wilt coverage continues on "SportsNite," including interviews with Bill Campbell, who called the game on radio, and Harvey Pollack, who was the Philadelphia Warriors' statistician and the man who wrote the "100" on the piece of paper that Wilt held in the iconic photo.
February 14, 2012 |
SIXERS OWNER Adam Aron needed less that 20 words to announce one of the biggest acquistions in team's history: The Sixers have bought the basketball court that Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points on. Aron tweeted the news on his Twitter account, writing: "AMAZING PURCHASE. 76ers bought the actual basketball court on which Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points. Will mostly be preserved. " The purchase could not have been more timely. The 50th annivesary of Wilt's historic feat is fast approaching.
February 14, 2012 |
SIXERS CO-OWNER Adam Aron needed less than 20 words to announce one of the biggest acquisitions in the team's history: On his Twitter account yesterday, Aron tweeted: "AMAZING PURCHASE. 76ers bought the actual basketball court on which Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points. Will mostly be preserved. " The former Overbrook High star became the first - and only - NBA player to ever score in triple digits on March 2, 1962 when he led the Philadelphia Warriors to a 169-147 win over the New York Knicks at Hershey Park Arena.