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This Day in Georgia History

January 05, 1988

Pete Maravich Died

Former Atlanta Hawk “Pistol Pete” Maravich died at age 40 from a heart attack while playing a basketball pickup game in Pasadena, California. Born on June 22, 1947 in Aliquippa, Pa.the basketball standout set a NCAA record of 44.2 points per game at Louisiana State University. The 1970 College Player of the Year, Maravich was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks, where he spent four seasons. He led the National Basketball Association in scoring in 1977.

To view a photograph of Pete Maravich with the Hawks, see the Digital Library of Georgia.