Wilton Norman Chamberlain, born in Philadelphia, didn't come from a race
of giants as many thought. Both his parents were no bigger than 5-9,
but as a young boy he began a growth spurt which would eventually stop
when he reached 7-1. That height made him legendary in sports history as
arguably the greatest basketball player ever. Chamberlain played at
Overbrook High School in Philadelphia, and collegiately at Kansas
University, where he led the Jayhawks to the NCAA finals. Kansas lost in
title game to North Carolina and that game haunted Chamberlain
throughout his career and gave birth to the unfair image of him as a
"loser." He left Kansas as an underclassman to play professionally for
the Harlem Globetrotters, and after a year with them, signed to play
with his hometown team in the NBA, the then-named Philadelphia Warriors.
With the Warriors he performed some astonishing feats that no NBA
player before or since accomplished.