People: Feb. 7, 1983

As imposing out of his old basketball uniform as he was in it, Wilt Chamberlain, 46, is gracing Women's Sports magazine's current spoof of the annual SPORTS ILLUSTRATED bathing-suit issue. Retired from basketball for ten years, the 7-ft. 1-in. former center has been helping to run a women's amateur track and field club that is considered one of the country's best. Says Wilt, who agreed to strip down and lather up in baby oil as a way of promoting women's sports: "I had other offers to be a centerfold. I could be bigger than any of them. About eight or nine...

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