Latest Sports Scores

Scoreboard

  • MLB
  • 7/24 2:20 PM EDT
    CWS0
    ChC0
  • 7/24 7:05 PM EDT
    Hou0
    Phi0
  • 7/24 7:07 PM EDT
    Oak0
    Tor0
  • 7/24 7:10 PM EDT
    KC0
    Det0
  • 7/24 7:10 PM EDT
    Bal0
    TB0
  • 7/24 8:05 PM EDT
    Mia0
    Tex0
  • 7/24 8:08 PM EDT
    Col0
    StL0
  • 7/24 9:40 PM EDT
    Atl0
    Ari0
  • 7/24 10:10 PM EDT
    Bos0
    Sea0
  • 7/24 10:10 PM EDT
    Min0
    LAD0
  • 7/24 10:10 PM EDT
    NYM0
    SD0
  • 7/24 10:15 PM EDT
    Pit0
    SF0
  • 7/24 7:10 PM EDT
    Cin0
    Cle0

Wilt Chamberlain would have turned 79 today

14 PHOTOS
Wilt Chamberlain through the years
See Gallery
Wilt Chamberlain would have turned 79 today
High school player Wilt Chamberlain. (Photo by William C. Greene/Sporting News via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - 1959: Bill Russell #6 of the Boston Celtics shoots the ball against Wilt Chamberlain #13 of the Philadelphia Warriors during a game circa 1959 at the Boston Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1959 NBAE (Photo by Dick Raphael/NBAE via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 11: Wilt Chamberlain, Philadelphia's sensational rookie, lays one up and in despite defensive efforts of Knicks' Charlie Tyra in first period at Garden. Looking up at the action are Willie Naulls (left) and Woody Sauldsberry (14). Warriors broke open a tight game in closing minutes to dump locals, 116-103. (Photo by Charles Hoff/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
Detroit Piston players Walter Dukes (left) and George Lee can't get high enough to block the Philadelphia Warriors' Wilt Chamberlain's shot, Detroit, Michigan, February 8, 1961. (Photo by Underwood Archives/Getty Images)
BOSTON - 1967: Wilt Chamberlain #13 of the Philadelphia 76ers posts up against Bill Russell #6 of the Boston Celtics during a game played in 1967 at the Boston Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1967 NBAE (Photo by Dick Raphael/NBAE via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - 1967: Overhead view of Wilt Chamberlain #13 (1936 - 1999) (in dark jersey) of the Philadelphia 76ers is helped off the floor after being fouled during an NBA game against the Boston Celtics on the parquet floor of the Boston Garden circa 1967 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Robert Riger/Getty Images)
UNDATED: Los Angeles Lakers center Wilt Chamberlain #13 lounges on his deck chair in his backyard. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
BOSTON - UNDATED: Los Angeles Lakers' center Wilt Chamberlain #13 jumps during a game against the Boston Celtics at the Boston Garden circa 1960's in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE - 1970: Wilt Chamberlain #13 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on against the Milwaukee Bucks during the 1970 season at the MECCA Arena in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1970 NBAE (Photo by Vernon Biever/NBAE via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - MARCH 24, 1972: Center Wilt Chamberlain #13 of the Los Angeles Lakers lays the ball into the basket past Butch Beard #21 of the Cleveland Cavaliers during a game on March 24, 1972 at the Cleveland Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by: Ron Kuntz Collection/Diamond Images/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL, 1975: NBA player Wilt Chamberlain sits in the locker room before Sugar Ray Robinson's Celebrity Basketball game in April, 1975 at Beverly Hills High School in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Fotos International/Archive Photos/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, : NBA legend Wilt Chamberlain is surrounded by media 07 February at a press conference for the 50 Greatest Players in NBA history at the Renaissance Hotel in Cleveland, OH. The NBA All-Star game will take place on 09 February at the Gund Arena in Cleveland. AFP PHOTO/Matt CAMPBELL (Photo credit should read MATT CAMPBELL/AFP/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA - JUNE 28: The Wilt Chamberlain Memorial Statue is seen on its' dedication and unveiling day June 28, 2004 at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE


They say no NBA legend of old would be able to compete with the athletes of the modern league. For the most part, it could be true. But Wilt Chamberlain is an exception.

Wilt the Stilt was the modern NBA before anybody knew it was coming. Standing at 7'1" in the 1960s and 1970s, Chamberlain posted perhaps the most gaudiest numbers in sports history. For his career, he averaged 30 points and 23 rebounds. In 1962, he averaged 50.4 points per game. He holds the NBA record for points scored in a single game, with his trademark 100.

Chamberlain died in 1999 after a long history of heart trouble at the age of 63. On what would've been his 79th birthday, click through the gallery above to relive Chamberlain's most iconic photos. Check the video below to learn one of the legend's all-time secrets.

Wilt Chamberlain's Secret

More from AOL.com:
Rain washes out 4 games at Little League World Series
Fantasy football sleepers: 6 players to keep an eye on in 2015
Value of a single tweet from LeBron James estimated at $140K
Read Full Story

Sign up for Breaking News by AOL to get the latest breaking news alerts and updates delivered straight to your inbox.

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.