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Maravich, Petelocked

(22 June 1947–05 January 1988)
  • Ross Gregory

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Maravich, Pete (22 June 1947–05 January 1988), basketball player, was born Peter Press Maravich in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, the son of Peter “Press” Maravich, a basketball player and later coach, and Helen Gravor. From the beginning of his life basketball set the tone for Maravich. Born in Pennsylvania because his father played professionally for the Pittsburgh Ironmen of the Basketball Association of America, he grew up in the Carolinas because his father coached at Clemson and North Carolina State universities. To the satisfaction, if not the instigation, of his father, Maravich’s childhood was consumed with basketball. Other children might take a teddy bear to bed; Pete slept with a basketball. Labeled “Pistol Pete” as an eighth grader by a reporter, he entertained at halftime of his father’s games, showing off his shooting, dribbling, and ballhandling skills. His exploits as a player for Needham-Broughton High School in Raleigh, North Carolina, followed by a year in prep school, placed him in line for an athletic scholarship to a major university. He had almost decided to attend West Virginia University when his father accepted the job of head coach at Louisiana State University (LSU), apparently with an understanding that his son would be part of the deal....

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