• Creator
  • Hess, M. Whitcomb
  • Created Date
  • 1948-1949
  • Publisher
  • The American Scholar
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  • This article tilted, "The Man Who Invented Basketball" gives the reader an insight into the creation of basketball. When the Dr. Naismith was in the process of creating the game of basketball, he asked the superintendent of buildings at the college for two boxes. "What do you want them for?", replied the superintendent. "I'm figuring out a game, and I need the boxes to put on pokes so that a large ball can be thrown into them". The superintend... more
    This article tilted, "The Man Who Invented Basketball" gives the reader an insight into the creation of basketball. When the Dr. Naismith was in the process of creating the game of basketball, he asked the superintendent of buildings at the college for two boxes. "What do you want them for?", replied the superintendent. "I'm figuring out a game, and I need the boxes to put on pokes so that a large ball can be thrown into them". The superintendent responded by saying, "I've got to empty peach baskets at my house if they'll do you any good." With that brief conversation, the game of basketball was on its rise. James A. Naismith (November 6, 1861 – November 28, 1939), known as "The Father of Basketball," was born in Almonte, Ontario. When he was nine, both of his parents died of typhoid fever and he was raised by his uncle, who later financed Naismith's way through college. He earned his theological degree from McGill University and graduated from Springfield College, then the YMCA Training School, in 1891. After graduation, he was hired as a faculty member, where he taught for five years. It is in his first year as a faculty member at Springfield College that he created the game of Basketball as an activity for an unruly class. In 1895, Naismith enrolled at the Gross Medical School in Denver and received his M.D. in 1898. In that same year, Naismith took the position of department head of physical education at the University of Kansas, where he remained until his death. Is part of a scrapbook of Naismith materials, collector unknown, that has been taken out of its binding and the pages separated by archival paper. It is the 19th item in the scrapbook. less
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