Melvin B. Rideout (c. 1893)
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This is a portrait of Melvin B. Rideout (class of 1893), an original member of the very first group of men to play basketball and an alumnus of the YMCA Training School, now known as Springfield College. He was born on May 15, 1871 in Illinois. Rideout is credited with introducing basketball to England while serving as a French delegate at the YMCA Jubilee Convention in June 1984. He spent five years as the physical director of the Association in Paris, France, and the following three years as a field secretary doing special organizing work in Europe. From 1899 until 1905, he served at a YMCA in Washington, D.C. as a physical director. Rideout died on November 26, 1957. James A. Naismith (November 6, 1861 – November 28, 1939), nicknamed "The Father of Basketball," was born in Almonte, Ontario. Both of his parents died of typhoid fever when he was nine. 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 was 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.
- Van Norman, George H
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Rideout, Melvin B
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- Van Norman, George H. Melvin B. Rideout (c. 1893). 1893. Retrieved from the Digital Public Library of America, http://cdm16122.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ref/collection/p15370coll2/id/5726. (Accessed July 19, 2018.)
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- Van Norman, George H. Retrieved from the Digital Public Library of America <http://cdm16122.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ref/collection/p15370coll2/id/5726>.