July 8, 2008 - "Pistol Pete"

When he first met Pete Maravich, Danny Brown knew him as a fellow ROTC cadet--and little else. A friend soon set Danny straight. Danny explains, "And he said, 'No, no--Maravich is in your squadron.' And I said, 'That kid can play basketball?!?'"

Within a year Danny found himself courtside shooting home games for The Reveille. he has now filled a book with 88 of those historic pictures. It is called Shooting the Pistol. Danny was at the Ole Miss game in 1970 when Pistol Pete broke Oscar Robertson's college scoring record. Danny says you could cut the tension that night with a butter knife. "He missed six straight times, and everybody--I mean every time he shot and missed, you could hear hundreds of cameras click and go off."

Pistol Pete finally made the shot. And Danny Brown got his shot. He kept his pictures locked away for 35 years--didn't want it to look like he was using Pete's friendship for profit--until a meeting with another friend. "And he told me, 'If you don't do this Pete Maravich book, you're going to die one day, and they're going to throw the pictures away, and nobody's ever going to see them.' Then he said the magic words: 'They're going to be lost to history.'"

The result is a pictorial record of the greatest ball handler ever.

"The legend is pretty, pretty large," says Danny. "But in the case of Pete Maravich--for me--the legend is pretty close to the fact."

While Shooting the Pistol concentrates on action photos from Pete's career at LSU, there are also several pictures which show the loving relationship between Pete and his coach and dad, Press Maravich. It is published by LSU Press.