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Wilt, 1962: The Night of 100 Points and the Dawn of a New Era Paperback – February 28, 2006
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More About the Author
He is the author of five books of nonfiction. His newest, Their Life's Work (Simon & Schuster, 2013), is a narrative about the 1970s Pittsburgh Steelers dynasty that follows the storied team across the decades and examines what the game of football gives to players, and takes from them.
Pomerantz spent nearly two decades as a daily journalist. He served as a sportswriter for The Washington Post (1981-1988) where he covered the Washington Redskins, Georgetown University basketball and the National Football League. He then moved to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (1988-1999) where he wrote social and political profiles, special projects, columns and served on the newspaper's editorial board.
In his first book, Pomerantz wrote about Atlanta's historic rise and racial conscience in Where Peachtree Meets Sweet Auburn, named a 1996 Notable Book of the Year by The New York Times Book Review. His second book, Nine Minutes Twenty Seconds (2001), is a heart-pounding story about an aviation crash, also published in China, Germany and Britain. In WILT, 1962 (2005), Pomerantz recreates the legendary night when basketball star Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points in a game against the New York Knicks in Hershey, Pa. Named an Editors' Choice book by The New York Times, WILT, 1962 was called by Entertainment Weekly "a meticulous and engaging narrative - a slam dunk of a read."
His fourth book, The Devil's Tickets (Crown/Random House, 2009), is a true-crime thriller set in a bygone age when the card game of bridge was all the rage. The Devil's Tickets evokes the last echoes of the Roaring 20s and the darkness of the Depression when a suave and cunning Russian-born American named Ely Culbertson became the Barnum of a bridge craze that fueled marital uproar across the nation, including a husband-killing and sensational trial in Kansas City. The widow Myrtle Bennett was defended in the murder trial by James A. Reed, former U.S. Senator from Missouri and one-time Democratic presidential candidate. A brilliant orator, Reed put on a dramatic courtroom show of eloquence, logic and a few tears.
Pomerantz was born in N. Tarrytown, NY, the youngest of three boys. He is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley (Class of 1982) with a degree in history. He later served as a Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan where he studied theater and the Bible.
From 1999-2001 he served as Distinguished Visiting Professor of Journalism at Emory University in Atlanta. For the past seven years at Stanford University in Stanford, Calif., he has taught courses on specialized reporting and writing.
He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and their three children. Vist his website at www.garympomerantz.com.
Top Customer Reviews
Obviously, the story of this game, this player (the Warriors trained in Hershey as did the Eagles) and this town is very personal for me.
Gary Pomerantz did an eloquent job of capturing the times, the player, the game and the town. He grasps the sensitivity of the social issues of the time (remember JFK's New Frontier was in full bloom) and the hearts and the minds of the people who lived. He describes with brilliance this innocent period and the bigger than life presence of Wilt Chamberlain, who dominated it and bent it to his will.
This is a book of history, of sport and the civil rights movement and of a man who captured all of our imaginations until the day he left us.
New York Giants
Two things made "Wilt, 1962 compelling--Pomerantz's skill as a researcher and his talent as a writer. In his previous books Pomerantz mastered the details of everything from the residential patterns of segregated Atlanta to the "peen-ing" of the blades of airplane propeller and he brings the same "total immerson" style to "Wilt, 1962" with startling results. He learned how some NBA players defended the Big Dipper by receiving an elbow in the back. Pomerantz, however, is more than a master details--he is also a talented writer. Pomerantz weaves his telling details in a way that resurrects an NBA that needed exhibition games by NFL players to draw a couple thousand fans, to describe the Harlem nightclub scene that was in its twilight and, most importantly, to bring Wilt, a man who'e life and memory are now shadows and stereotypes, to life.
"Wilt,1962" is an examination of race in the days of unoffical quotas, of sportsmanship where the Knicks felt that the Warriors were running up the score, and of team versus individual stardom. By the fourth quarter, the two teams were engaged in intense physical combat and intentionally fouling each other: the Knicks in an attempt to kept Wilt from scoring (he was a horrible foul shooter who had the night of his life by going 28 for 32 from the line) and by the Warriors who were trying to help Wilt when the Knicks started to play "stall ball." Wilt made his 100th point in the final minute of play as the Warriors won, 169-147.
This is not a full biography of Wilt but a story of an era captured within a single game. "Wilt, 1962" is similiar in tone to Frank Fitzpatrick's study of the 1966 NCAA title game between the all-black starting five from Texas Western and the all-white squad from Kentucky in "And The Walls Came Tumbling Down" (2000). It is readable as a history lesson disguised as a sports story.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The author did a great job in describing the details, background and excitement surrounding this great and unique event. Read morePublished 7 months ago by A Reviewer
Thought the book would be limited to a recollection of one historic night. It was much more than that. Read morePublished 8 months ago by A. M.
Absorbing, detailed, and evocative of a fascinating man and era. This book brings Wilt back to life in an intimate, respectful manner. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Leslie Kaminoff
This story is more than a recounting of a tremendous athlete's statistics/records. It is a story about the man and his determination to be on top. Read morePublished on February 5, 2014 by John Wider
Great insight into one of the greatest yet most underappreciated nights in all of sports history! Wilt 1962 is a MUST read for serious basketball fans!Published on January 17, 2013 by Joshua Url
I can remember seeing a brief article on this game in 1962 in the Orlando Sentinel. Mr. Pomerantz has filled in the memories so brilliantly, with each quarter of the game mirrored... Read morePublished on October 18, 2012 by Jim
I was a bit skeptical that a whole book could be written about one game, but this book is so much more than that. Read morePublished on April 13, 2012 by jignrig
I just recently came across this fascinating book after hearing the author interviewed by Bob Costas on "Costas on the Radio. Read morePublished on May 2, 2011 by A. Nye