Wilt Chamberlain weighed comeback in 1982 — in masters track

Wilt dropped out of Kansas for the Globetrotters.

Basketball legend Wilt Chamberlain died at age 63 in 1999, but when he was 45 in 1982, he considered returning to an earlier love — track and field. Dave Ortman found this revelation in an Associated Press article in the Lawrence (Kansas) Journal-World. Wilt the Stilt said he was thinking about masters track — doing the discus, shot, high jump, triple jump and perhaps the 200. He never did, as far as I know. He was a teller of tall tales (aptly). He said he beat Al Oerter in the shot and lost only once in the high jump — to Charlie (first over 7 feet) Dumas. But I wish Wilt had tried masters track. Also wish I had asked him about track when I interviewed him for Kansas Alumni magazine in the late 1970s. But I was just a kid. What’s masters track?
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June 3, 2014

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  1. Jeff Davison - June 3, 2014

    Wilt also coached Wilt’s AC-Track-Club.
    I believe mostly multi event athletes.

    And he played pro volleyball of some sorts.

  2. Matt McCubbins - June 3, 2014

    I’ve seen some old footage of Wilt high jumping. It’s wild seeing those long legs doing the straddle technique…I think his PR was around 6’6″

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