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Kansas Sports Legends - January 23, 2015

Wilt Chamberlain stands on the basketball court of Allen Fieldhouse, during his tenure as a Kansas Jayhawk, ca. 1955. (Photo via Spencer Research Library

Q: The late Wilt Chamberlain is still the only man to ever score 100 points in an NBA game. The former Kansas Jayhawk has now been honored by the U.S. Postal service, which recently issued two REALLY TALL stamps of the 7-foot-1 basketball legend. During his professional career, the Big Dipper played for two NBA teams, which are depicted in the stamps. Can you name those two teams?
 


 A: The Philadelphia Warriors and the Los Angeles Lakers
 
A sheet of stamps honoring Wilt Chamberlain, who will be the first NBA player to be immortalized on a postage stamp. (Image via U.S. Postal Service)
Wilt Chamberlain was a 7-foot-1 basketball legend who played for the University of Kansas. (His jersey hangs in the rafters of Allen Fieldhouse.) Chamberlain, sometimes called “Wilt the Stilt” or “the Big Dipper,” is still the only man to ever score 100 points in an NBA game. He’s also the first NBA player to be depicted on a U.S. postage stamp. In fact, there are two versions — one depicting him as a player for the Philadelphia Warriors, the other as a Los Angeles Laker. Both stamps are almost two inches long, about a third longer than the typical stamp. The Chamberlain stamp was originally going to be part of a series with three other historic players, but members of the public asked that Chamberlain be honored with his own stamp. Chamberlain was born in 1936. He died in 1999 at the age of 63.

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