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This Day In Sports History (January 5th) – Pete Maravich

by: JamieD On  Thursday, January 5, 2012

It was on this day in 1988 that former NBA great Pete Maravich passed away. Maravich died of a heart attack while playing a pickup basketball game in Pasadena, California.

“Pistol Pete” Maravich attended Louisiana State University and is one of the greatest players in men’s NCAA Division I history. Although his dream was to play for West Virginia, his father was the varsity coach at LSU and when he offered his son a spot on the team, Pete could not refuse. In his first ever game at LSU, Maravich would record a triple-double consisting of 50 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists. His 44.2 points per game in college is a record that still stands today and may never be broken. The Atlanta Hawks selected Maravich with the third overall pick in the 1970 NBA Draft.

Pete Maravich enjoyed a Hall-of-Fame career while playing 10 years in the NBA. He was named an all-star five times, led the NBA in scoring in 1976-77 with 31.1 points per game and was named one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history.

Here are 10 great plays from Maravich’s career.

Notable Birthdays

Ray Crockett, NFL – Born January 5th 1967 (age 45) in Dallas, Texas

Joe Juneau, NHL – Born January 5th 1968 (age 44) in Pont-Rouge, Quebec

Warrick Dunn, NFL – Born January 5th 1975 (age 37) in Baton Rouge, Louisiana




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