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Leading Off

Oct. 25, 1999
Oct. 25, 1999

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Oct. 25, 1999

Wilt Chamberlain, 1936-99

Leading Off

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COLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPH BY ROBERT HUNTZINGER The Object of His Affection Wilt Chamberlain, here as a Philadelphia 76er in 1965, loved and excelled at many sports, but none more than basketball, at which he was indisputably one of the greatest players. Frank Deford's tribute to Chamberlain, who died last week at 63, appears on page 80. B/W PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPH BY GEORGE KALINSKY Grand Slam Chamberlain, who would make more field goals (12,681) and score more points (31,419) in his career than anyone but Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, got two with this ferocious dunk over the New York Knicks' Willis Reed in 1967, the year the Big Dipper led the 76ers to the NBA championship.COLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPH BY BRIAN LANKER Wilt the Quilt Although famous for being an insomniac--he's only pretending to be asleep--Chamberlain held court in L.A. on his great bed, where he entertained his friends and his countless, by his count, "young ladies."