It’s going to be a huge event recognizing a group of dedicated individuals who did the leg work and helped to lead a successful campaign that will produce two Wilt Chamberlain limited-edition Forever postage stamps. There will be a special luncheon to celebrate the achievement of these two commemorative stamps of Chamberlain, the former Overbrook High, Kansas All-American and NBA superstar. The luncheon will take place on Friday, Dec. 5 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the First District Plaza, 3801 Market St.
Community leaders, corporations and former NBA players will attend this gathering to honor the committee for their hard work, dedication, and accomplishments in making the two stamps of this Hall of Famer come to fruition. There will be one Chamberlain stamp as a Philadelphia Warrior and the other as a Los Angeles Laker.
Scheduled speakers will be former NBA players from Philadelphia Mike Bantom, Ollie Johnson and Wali Jones, ex-NBA and ABA star Tom Hoover, former NBA player Joe Ruklick and Hall of Famer Harvey Pollack, the director of statistical information for the Philadelphia 76ers.
After six years, the committee’s long awaited dream has become a reality. The committee sent more than 55,000 signatures on petitions to the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee to help make Chamberlain the first NBA player to have his photo on a U.S. postage stamp.
There won’t be any stamps available at this event. The stamps will be available on Dec. 5 at all post offices. However, this luncheon will provide some great testimonials of Chamberlain’s outstanding career for all the speakers.
Chamberlain is the only NBA player to score 100 points in a game. This record was set against the New York Knicks on March 2, 1962 in Hershey, Pa. Chamberlain shot 36-for-63 from the field and 28-for-32 from the free throw line to lead the Philadelphia Warriors to a 169-147 win over the Knicks.
Chamberlain, a 7-foot-1 center, was a terrific basketball player. He dominated the NBA from 1959 to 1973. He played for the Philadelphia Warriors, who later moved to San Francisco, as well as the Philadelphia 76ers and the Los Angeles Lakers. He led the 76ers and the Lakers to NBA championships.
For ticket information on this celebration, call (215) 843-2027.
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