FEINSWOG: More on Maravich

There are two new books on the market about Pete Maravich. LSU could sure use one Pete Maravich these days.

But who couldn't?

 

The greatest scorer in the history of college basketball still intrigues hoopsters the world over. Especially authors Marshall Terrill and Wayne Federman, who will be making their second trip to Baton Rouge in a month to sign their book, "Maravich," at an LSU basketball game.

 

Consider it one shameless plug from one author to another, but what the heck? They're hustling it.

 

What's more, they have the endorsement and cooperation of Maravich's widow, Jackie, and her two sons, Jaeson and Josh, who will also be at the signing February 24, when Florida visits the - yep - Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

 

Pistol Pete averaged 44.2 points per game in three seasons at LSU - freshmen were ineligible back then - and that was before the 3-point shot. His NBA career was good but not great because of a knee injury. Still, he's a member of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

 

And he's still a mythical figure in the game – so much so that all these years later, Terrill and Federman wrote their book about him. In fairness, so too did Mark Kriegel. His book, "Pistol, the Life of Pete Maravich," came out this month.

 

Terrill is a D.C.-area guy who lives in Phoenix. Federman is California all the way.

 

Terrill says that Maravich, Steve McQueen and John Lennon were his heroes as a boy. For that matter, he's also on a book tour for one about McQueen. Nothing on Lennon is forthcoming.

 

Terrill says he's the journalist of the pair. Federman is the artistic side – the one who owned old films of Maravich. They met through e-mail and eventually collaborated on their book.

 

Terrill offers an interesting insight to the idea that two books about Pete Maravich, deceased for 19 years, came out at about the same time.

 

"People will decide which is better," Terrill offered. "In years to come, they'll say ours is the definitive biography."

 

That's because Terrill claims he and Federman researched and worked on theirs for seven years, while Kriegel only spent two years on his.

 

Regardless, none of them saw Maravich play at LSU. I did – skipping out of school my junior year of high school to see the Tigers play in the NIT. One of the most amazing things ever – the Maravich show.

 

I am reading both books. I hope they're both great.

 

Personally, I would rather you buy a copy of "HoopDaddy" (speaking of shameless author plugs). In it – a book about fathers, sons and basketball – I talked to both Jaeson and Josh, delightful guys who I'm glad to see doing well.

 

But "Maravich" is a project that, for the first time, involved Jackie, and Terrill and Federman deserve a lot of credit – not only for their efforts, but for also involving the Maravich family in their project.

 

They'll be here for the Florida game. Buy their book, get all five of them to sign it, and just imagine what today's struggling Tigers could do with a Pete Maravich.

 

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Baton Rouge sportswriter Lee Feinswog is the host of the weekly television show Sports Monday. He's covered LSU athletics since 1984. His book HoopDaddy is available at www.HoopDaddy.net. Contact Lee at sportsmonday@aol.com or (225) 926-3256.


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