Fifty years ago, a third year NBA center out of the University of Kansas playing in an obscure late season game against the New York Knicks set a single game record for points scored in a game that stands--and resonates--to this day:
Wilt's 100 points is the modern sports equivalent of the 1908 Tunguska Event--there's abundant proof that it happened, but there's no film, very little audio, and no prominent national media figures were there to document it. Even if someone beats the number someday, it'll be a completely different event--there will be endless video, real time commentary, and other documentation of it that will burn it into the sports world consciousness. . .but it will never have the mystique of that simple number from fifty years ago. Even after the age of Jordan, Wilt still holds a pile of NBA records (including several set in that game--the most amazing of which was probably the 28 free throws he sank in 32 attempts, which was rather unexpected from a career 51% free throw shooter). He probably would not have dominated the modern game as he did his own era, but it's hard to imagine that he wouldn't have been one of the greats regardless of who he had to compete with.