In his legendary career, Chamberlain scored 31, points, including the unbelievable time he actually scored points in one game. He holds dozens of unbreakable basketball records. In addition to his accomplishments on the court, Chamberlain also authored four books. None of the others created nearly the stir and controversy as his book, A View From Above. In it, the basketball great claimed to have slept with 20, different women during his life.
A media firestorm erupted, and Chamberlain was attacked from all sides. He also came under fire in African-American circles for promoting black racial stereotypes. And feminists resented his blatant sexism for using women in such a manner. To Wilt's credit I guess , he never backed down from his claim, never said he was just "bragging" or "stretching the truth. That works out to roughly 1. According to close friends, Wilt loved threesomes. According to legend, he was intimate with 23 different women on one day road trip.
Wilt was also a lifelong insomniac, sometimes just not sleeping at all. He probably would take a woman to bed any time he couldn't fall asleep. But the time factor is an interesting point. A close childhood friend, Tom Fitzhugh, said, "I don't remember him having a date. He was probably a virgin when he left high school.
Additionally, he did have a six-month schedule, for 14 seasons, of playing professional basketball. That's 82 games a season, not including playoffs, exhibitions, practices, and travel time. The fact that he said 20, different women also leaves little time for repeats, or love. And what about sickness? Everyone gets sick once in a while, which would have cost Wilt precious time during those 37 to 40 sexually active years. But most incredibly, even with those reported 20, sexual liaisons, Wilt is not known to have contracted any serious sexually transmitted diseases.
Nor was there ever a woman who came forward with an unplanned pregnancy, a "little Wilt," or a paternity suit. And what about turndowns? Every guy in human history has been turned down by a woman at some point.
One can only wonder at Wilt's rejections Wikimedia Commons In a interview, shortly before he died, Wilt made the following revealing statement: I've also found out that having one woman a thousand different times is more satisfying. Chamberlain died of heart failure in in Bel-Air, California, at the age of As a sidebar, Wilt was a huge hero of mine—my supreme basketball hero, as a kid and to this day.
I wore Wilt's number 13 on my jersey as I ineptly played for my synagogue's basketball team. I scored 18 points in 18 games, a nifty 1. It was, far and away, the biggest hand I have ever seen or shaken. He didn't just shake my hand—he engulfed it!