Out behind Carruth-O'Leary Hall, then a Kansas University dormitory, stood three of KU's most decorated athletes -- Bill Nieder, Al Oerter and Wilt Chamberlain. It was an autumn night in 1956 and the trio had assembled to determine who could put a 16-pound shot the greatest distance.
Wilt Chamberlain made a lot of friends during his trip to Lawrence for his No. 13 jersey retirement celebration.
Wilt Chamberlain was scary, flat-out frightening. That's because before he came along, most basketball players were mortal-sized men. Chamberlain changed that.
Opponents thought he was unstoppable. One teammate called him indestructible. But Wilt Chamberlain was mortal after all. The former Kansas University All-American and NBA legend died Tuesday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 63.
Joe Ruklick, a Philadelphia Warriors teammate of Wilt Chamberlain says the Big Dipper stood exactly "7-foot-1 and 1/8th."