Philadelphia Mourns The Loss Of Bill Campbell

Max Rappaport
Oct 7, 2014 10:00 AM ET

On Monday night, Philadelphia lost a legend. 

Longtime Philadelphia radio and television sportscaster Bill Campbell has passed away at the age of 91. 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.

He was there at Franklin Field in 1960 when the Eagles defeated the Green Bay Packers to take home an NFL title, and he was there in Hershey, Pennsylvania when Wilt Chamberlain scored an NBA record 100 points for the Warriors in 1962. Indeed, his fingerprints are all over the history of Philadelphia sports.

But it was his involvement in the latter milestone that will perhaps be Campbell’s most lasting achievement.

Sitting behind the microphone for the radio broadcast of a routine regular season contest between the Philadelphia Warriors and New York Knicks in March of 1962, Campbell never would have guessed that he was about to become a part of history. With the game being played on a neutral site, Hershey, Pennsylvania, the game was not televised, so Campbell’s radio feed was all that was available to fans tuning in at home.

The recording of that famous call is currently on exhibit at the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts, where he was inducted as a member in 2005.

Campbell is survived by his daughter Christine was well as two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

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