The Life of Pete MaravichAudiobook on MP3 CD - 2007
Pistol is more than the biography of a ballplayer. It's the stuff of classic novels: the story of a boy transformed by his father's dream--and the cost of that dream. Even as Pete Maravich became Pistol Pete, a basketball icon for baby boomers, all the Marachiches paid a price. Now acclaimed biographer Mark Kriegel has brilliantly captured the saga of an American family: its rise, its apparent ruin, and, finally, its redemption. Almost four decades have passed since Pete Maravich entered the national consciousness as basketball's boy wizard. Averaging 44.2 points a game at Louisiana State University, Maravich established records that will never be broken. But even more enduring than the numbers was the sense of exstasy and artistry with which he played. With the ball in his hands, Maravich had a singular power to inspire awe, inflict embarassment, or even tell a joke. But he wasn't merely a mesmerizing showman. He was basketball's answer to Elvis, a white Southerner who sold Middle America on a black man's game. Like Elvis, he paid a terrible price, becoming a prisoner of his own fame. Maravich was also a creature of contradictions: always the outsider but a virtuoso in a team sport, an exuberant showman who wouldn't look you in the eye, a vegetarian boozer, an athlete who lived like a rock star, a suicidal genius saved by Jesus Christ.
Publisher: [Old Saybrook, Conn.] : Tantor Audio, p2007.
Branch Call Number: 796.323092 M311k2
Characteristics: 1 sound discs (ca. 12 hr., 30 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.