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December 5, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
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.
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November 12, 2010 | By NATALIE POMPILIO, pompiln@phillynews.com 215-854-2595
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.
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November 7, 2013 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Jeffrey Millman, 67, of Pennsauken, longtime equipment manager for the Philadelphia 76ers who began with the team as a ball boy when he was 10, died of lung cancer Tuesday, Nov. 5, at a friend's home in Mantua. Ten years before he became the equipment manager in 1972, the 15-year-old Mr. Millman was with the old Philadelphia Warriors when Wilt Chamberlain had his 100-point game in Hershey on March 2, 1962, nephew Jerrold Colton said in a phone interview. "He was very tight with Wilt," Colton said.
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September 26, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
SOME THINGS, as Donald Hunt discovered, take time. Thanks to Hunt's aggressive, 6-year grassroots campaign, the U.S. Postal Service finally will honor the late, great Wilt Chamberlain with a stamp in December. Hunt, a longtime writer with the Philadelphia Tribune, penned a column in 2008 beseeching the Postal Service to issue a Wilt stamp. He then formed a committee that included a letter-writing campaign in which former NBA commissioner David Stern, and former player/coach greats Al Attles, Jerry West and Pat Riley took part.
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March 7, 2012 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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February 14, 2012 | BY TOM MAHON, mahont@phillynews.com
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.
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November 8, 2013 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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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.
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March 20, 2013 | DAILY NEWS STAFF REPORT
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)
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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.
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December 5, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
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.
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September 26, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
SOME THINGS, as Donald Hunt discovered, take time. Thanks to Hunt's aggressive, 6-year grassroots campaign, the U.S. Postal Service finally will honor the late, great Wilt Chamberlain with a stamp in December. Hunt, a longtime writer with the Philadelphia Tribune, penned a column in 2008 beseeching the Postal Service to issue a Wilt stamp. He then formed a committee that included a letter-writing campaign in which former NBA commissioner David Stern, and former player/coach greats Al Attles, Jerry West and Pat Riley took part.
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April 20, 2014 | By Ed Rendell, For the Daily News
AS YOU KNOW, if you follow this column, I was aghast when the Sixers pounded those woeful Detroit Pistons, averting the distinction of being the sole possessor of the longest losing streak in NBA history. I thought they would surely lose four or five more games in a row and, at 30 consecutive losses, they would have established a record that would never be broken. What an honor for us! One city having the longest losing streak in both professional basketball and professional baseball (the 1961 Fightins lost 23 straight, still a modern-day record)
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January 29, 2014 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
By the time Jack Scheuer's Frankford High basketball team arrived at La Salle High for a preseason game, everyone already knew who that big, tall, quick guy was on the Explorers. He was Tom Gola. And he could dribble like a point guard and rebound like a forward. It was 1950 and Gola, Scheuer said, had been already been famous for a few years. Gola led Incarnation of Our Lord parish to a national schoolboy title when he was in the eighth grade. "He had 27 points and I had none," said Scheuer.
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January 28, 2014 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Staff Writer
TOM GOLA was, without any argument, the most accomplished college basketball player in city history. La Salle won the NIT when he was a freshman in 1952, the NCAA when he was a junior in 1954 and finished runner-up to Bill Russell's great San Francisco team when he was a senior. His death yesterday at 81 serves as a reminder of what he was on the court. It also conjures a nostalgic time from the 1950s when a sporting hero from 3rd and Lindley and Incarnation Grade School never lost sight of his roots and treated every kid who idolized him like he was one of his own. Gola was not years ahead of his time as a player.
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January 28, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
IT MIGHT BE difficult for new generations of kids growing up in Philadelphia to imagine what Tom Gola meant to the city. "To any kid who grew up in Incarnation Parish or in Olney in general, there was no one who was larger than life yet more down to earth than Tom Gola," said Daily News managing editor Pat McLoone. "Kids couldn't get enough Tom Gola stories. We all looked up to him and were proud to be from the same neighborhood. He was a Philadelphia success story and a true hero to many.
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November 8, 2013 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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November 7, 2013 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Jeffrey Millman, 67, of Pennsauken, longtime equipment manager for the Philadelphia 76ers who began with the team as a ball boy when he was 10, died of lung cancer Tuesday, Nov. 5, at a friend's home in Mantua. Ten years before he became the equipment manager in 1972, the 15-year-old Mr. Millman was with the old Philadelphia Warriors when Wilt Chamberlain had his 100-point game in Hershey on March 2, 1962, nephew Jerrold Colton said in a phone interview. "He was very tight with Wilt," Colton said.
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March 20, 2013 | DAILY NEWS STAFF REPORT
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)
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June 27, 2012 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
TED LUCKENBILL, who played for the Philadelphia Warriors in Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point game, has died of cancer at the age of 72. The Callaway-Allee funeral home in Crockett, Texas, where Luckenbill lived for 20 years, said he died Sunday in Dallas. Luckenbill starred for the University of Houston from 1958-61. He averaged 16.6 points and 9.7 rebounds while helping Houston to its first two winning seasons under Guy Lewis. Drafted 15th overall by the Warriors in 1961, he played in only 87 NBA games before he was diagnosed with testicular cancer at the age of 23. His professional claim to fame came on March 2, 1962, when he grabbed two offensive rebounds in the final 2 minutes to help Chamberlain hit 100 points in the Warriors' 169-147 victory over New York.
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