On this Day in Sports History March 2
On this day in 1962, Philadelphia Warriors center Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points in a 169-147 Warriors win over the New York Knicks in Hershey, Pennsylvania. It’s an achievement that no other player as ever reached. Chamberlain shot 36-of-63 from the field and converted 28 of his 32 free-throw attempts. He also added 25 rebounds in the most dominant by a single player in NBA history.
On this day in 1927, New York Yankees outfielder Babe Ruth became the highest paid player in major league history when he signed a contract worth $70,000 per season for three years.
On this day in 1966, MLB commissioner William Eckert voided the Braves contract with star pitcher Tom Seaver, who had signed with the Braves for a $50,000 bonus earlier in the week. Eckert’s reason for voiding the contract was due to the Atlanta signing Seaver during the collegiate season, which is against the rules. The New York Mets would win the rights to sign Seaver in a lottery that included the Phillies and the Indians. The rest is history as the Mets would go on to win the 1969 World Series and Seaver would eventually be elected into the Hall of Fame.