PETE "PISTOL PETE" MARAVICH - CONTRACT SIGNED 12/19/1975 - HFSID 289782
Sale Price $2,125.00
PETE MARAVICHExtremely rare and unique contract signed by the Hall of Fame basketball great to appear in a series of commercials and print ads promoting the Pepsi-Cola franchise in Louisiana. Contract signed: "Pete Maravich" on the final page, 5 pages, 14x8½. Affixed to a 14½x9 blue page marked: Gulf South Beverages, Inc. and Pete Maravich Agreement, No place, 1975 December 19. Contract between Pete Maravich and Gulf's Pepsi-Cola franchise for the basketball star to appear in a series of commercials and print ads promoting the Pepsi-Cola franchise in Louisiana. He is to be paid two payments of $5,000 in January and February of 1976 and in the event of the contract being renewed he will be paid another sum of $5,000 on or before September 30 and one of $7,500 on or before December 15, 1976. "PISTOL PETE" MARAVICH (1947-1988) was an NCAA basketball star at Louisiana State University, setting an NCAA scoring record of 3,667 points, a record which still stands. This record is all the more remarkable because when Maravich played, freshmen were not eligible for the varsity team, and the 3-point shot was not yet permitted. (Maravich's college coach, Dale Brown, has estimated that the player, an outstanding shooting guard, would have averaged 13 three-point baskets per game. As it was, the 3-time All-American averaged 44.2 points per game. Maravich played his first four NBA seasons with the Atlanta Hawks. In 1974 the New Orleans Jazz, an expansion franchise, traded 8 players to the Hawks to bring Maravich back to New Orleans. Maravich led the NBA in scoring in the 1976-1977 season, just prior to his new contract, but the team never had a winning record in New Orleans. While the team developed a fan following in the city, it never had its own stadium, and received little backing from local corporations. In 1979, the team moved to Salt Lake City, somewhat incongruously keeping the name of Jazz. Maravich moved with the team, but leg injuries sustained in 1978 hampered his effectiveness, and he was traded to the Boston Celtics in 1980, helping the Celtics to the playoffs in what proved to be his final season. In 1987, Maravich became one of the youngest players ever enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame. He died while playing a pickup basketball game the next year, stricken by a previously undiagnosed congenital heart condition. Pages stapled together at top. Three horizontal folds. Otherwise, fine condition.
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