Category Archives: Wilt Chamberlain

The Dempsey Obsession

This story is from the collection “Death in the Ring”

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Wilt Chamberlain would have been 70

My friends and I, clever adolescents all, used to call our timid town “Sportamento” or “Hickramento,” derisive references not merely to the absence of professional sports and division one college competition but as well to the backwoods community-wide conviction that Sacramento did not deserve the best in sports, would never be able to support pro […]

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