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Pistol Pete Maravich Cover of 1968-69 Sports Illustrated Magazines
Pictured for sale are Two Sports Illustrated Magazines dated March 4, 1968, and December 1, 1969, each featuring on the cover the greatest college basketball player of all time the one and only "Pistol Pete Maravich", who played for Louisiana State University. People brag about how good Michael Jordon was in college but Pete Maravich was a far better player and truly was the most entertaining player and the greatest creative offensive talent who shot baskets with either hand, from every angle, with no look passes, ever to lace up a pair of sneakers.
Pete was born in 1947 in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, and passed away in 1988 from a heart attack. During his first game as a freshman he scored 50 points and finished leading the team in scoring 741 points in his first year. During his college career he scored 3,667 points and averaged 44.2 points per game. However, his freshman totals were not credited to his overall point total because at that time the NACC freshman points weren't allowed in players final stats. Another thing to take into consideration is the fact that the three point line didn't exist in college, so along with his freshman points it's estimated he may have scored close to 6000 points while playing at LSU. Listed below is each magazine, its condition, and stories found inside the magazines:
1.Sports Illustrated dated March 4, 1968, Volume 28, No. 9, which features photos of Pete and Coach Press Maravich, his dad. There are also photos of Pete working his magic on the basketball court. There are great stories on Boxing at Madison Square Garden, The Montreal Canadians, The Indoor Track Season, Skiers, Hunter's and Their Dogs, The Older Amateur Athlete, Pro Golfer Deane Beman, and High Speeds at the Daytona 500.
**Condition: The front and back covers and the inside pages are in very good condition. *Covers: There is minor wear at the top and bottom of the spine and tiny crease marks at the top and bottom front right corners. There is also an address sticker on the front cover.
2.Sports Illustrated from December 1, 1969, Volume 31, No. 23, which features a determined Pistol Pete Maravich on the cover driving to the basket, getting ready to shoot, or make one of the fantastic out this world passes to a teammate. There are great stories on The Michigan-Ohio State Football Game, Italian Fight Fans, Handball's Bad Guy Paul Haber, The Cowboy's loss to the Rams, College Basketball's New Season, The Fisherman's Inner Quiet While Fishing, Coach Wren Blair and the Minnesota Stars Hockey Team, Recap of College Football Week, and Run-Down of the Top 20 College Basketball Teams.
**Condition: The front and back covers and the inside pages are in very good condition. *Covers: There is minor wear at the top and bottom of the spine and a crease mark at the top and bottom front right corners. There is also a 3/8” tear along the left edge of the back cover. There is also an address sticker on the front cover.
Growing up I was fortunate to see Pete Maravich play ball. If you would like to see Pete play just go on the internet and watch some of the games that are available and you'll see what I mean. Also there were two movies on the life of Pistol Pete that I'm sure you'll find very fun to watch.
A fantastic gift or birthday present for the college basketball fan in your family or for someone that collects special sports memorabilia. Enjoy Pete's floppy soaks and his magic on the court one more time.
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