We received some great reaction to our recent Card of the Day piece on Julius Erving and his 63 point game on Valentine’s Night in 1975. I’m biased but as a young man, there was simply nothing like watching Dr. J in the ABA. That does not mean we can not and will not appreciate the greatness of others, but I will stick to my belief about Erving’s revolutionary greatness.
One reader mentioned another player whose career high was 68 points and thought he should be featured and I do agree. He set college scoring records by averaging more than 40 points each of his three college seasons plus his wizardly ball-handling always gave fans thrills. While he played most of his career out of the major media spotlights, he was a good enough player to lead the NBA in scoring average during the 1976-77 season. During that season, he had a career high of 68 points in a game on February 25, 1977 also in a game available to viewers on WOR Channel 9 in New York. I do remember watching that game and being amazed how dominant he was as a scorer within the flow of the game. And unlike that Dr. J game, there is footage on You Tube with every basket he scored that night.
However, sadly only about 11 years later, he would perish just after playing a pick-up basketball game. The great columnist Red Smith once mentioned one should always die at their pinnacle moment, And for a retired Hall of Famer, passing on after just completing a game is as good as it gets. While we lost him way too early, we can appreciate the greatness and ball-handling skills of Pete Maravich for as long as there are basketball highlights.
We have, in cooperation with eBay, selected the Pistol’s ’76-77 Topps card as today’s Card of the Day. It’s from later in his career and he’s shown playing defense, which is a little unusual. Click here to see this one.
More great Maravich cards can be found here.
I do remember watching that game in which Maravich went for his career high and that game also showed, sadly, that Walt Clyde Frazier’s best days as a defensive whiz were long past. Frazier would be traded shortly thereafter to the Cleveland Cavaliers to finish out his playing days.
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