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Philadelphia Sports Announcer Bill Campbell

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Philadelphia Sports Announcer Bill Campbell

Sports announcer Bill Campbell (1923 - 2014) was a legend in the Philadelphia area, remembered for his signature play-by-play call of Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point performance in 1962.

When Campbell died Oct. 6, 2014, fans mourned the longtime sportscaster. We look back at the beloved Bill Campbell.

"Known fondly as the Dean of Philadelphia Sports, Campbell called games for the Warriors, Sixers, Eagles, and Phillies, as well as broadcasting Big Five basketball games and the Penn Relays during his 50-plus year career." Read more

"Philadelphia definitely has its share of sports broadcasting legends, but few touched the city’s sports landscape quite like Bill Campbell did." Read more

"Campbell would not be happy that this tribute starts with Wilt's 100-point game in 1962. It was in Hershey, for goodness sake. The Knicks were pitiful. There were only 4,124 people there. It had the feel and the texture of an exhibition game. He would have preferred an earlier memory, the 1960 NFL championship game at Franklin Field, the Eagles coming from behind to beat the Packers, 17-13." Read more

"Campbell was at courtside when Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points that night in Hershey, Pa. That’s his voice on the radio broadcast, a call that still echoes through time." Read more

"SPORTS WRITERS and sportscasters back in the day often had an adversarial relationship. As far as I know, though, no one ever thought that about Bill Campbell... As someone who grew up in Philly and listened to Bill doing Eagles, Sixers, and Phillies games, I remember thinking, 'I'm sitting here with Bill Campbell.'" Read more