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Fifty years ago today, the Sixers traded Chamberlain, the great player of alltime and a Philly native, for three Lakers: center Darrall Imhoff, who had been drafted a spot after Jerry West; forward Jerry Chambers; and a talented combo guard in Archie Clark: basically a bag of doughnuts.

The 7-1, 23-year-old Harlem Globetrotter out of the University of Kansas played first for his hometown Warriors, with higher expectations and a higher salary. (At a reported $65,000 figure, Wilt was making more as a rook than any player at that time, including established stars like Baylor, Bob Cousy, Bill Russell, and Bob Pettit.)

In his first exhibition game, hosted in Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, the hype materialized—he drew 12,443 fans, the largest basketball crowd in the city’s history up to that point—and from there, he was off.

Wilt holds 72 NBA records to this day, and he didn’t wait on something as trivial as a career to set them. He won his first MVP the same season he won Rookie of the Year; during his sophomore campaign, he snatched 55 rebounds in a single game; by year three, he was averaging 50.4 points a game. Existing records were just babies lined up, waiting to be kissed:

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