Tuesday, March 21, 2017

March 21

On this day in 1962, George Gilmartin wrote a scathing letter to the Philadelphia Inquirer, complaining about their skewed sports journalism, and calling them out for pandering to "certain factions." Once a die-hard fan of professional basketball, Gilmartin had recently turned his back on the sport in complete disgust at the preferential treatment  Philadelphia Warriors' Center Wilt Chamberlain was receiving from the press. In his angry letter, Gilmartin noted that, given his height, Chamberlain's achievements were far from remarkable, and that more attention should be paid by the press to young, up-and-coming players with real talent, such as Ted Luckenbill, who would surely surpass Chamberlain in every way. 

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