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  • Naismith, James, 1861-1939
  • Created Date
  • 1922-03-27
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  • Springfield College
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  • James Naismith wrote this letter to John Howard Crocker on March 27, 1922 from his office at the University of Kansas. It is a photocopy. He is replying to a letter Crocker sent him on March 15 in which Crocker seems to have asked him for an outline of his connection with the YMCA. Naismith's letter contains only an outline of his Association work. Crocker was considered "one of the grand old men" of the Canadian YMCA. James A. Naismith (Novem... more
    James Naismith wrote this letter to John Howard Crocker on March 27, 1922 from his office at the University of Kansas. It is a photocopy. He is replying to a letter Crocker sent him on March 15 in which Crocker seems to have asked him for an outline of his connection with the YMCA. Naismith's letter contains only an outline of his Association work. Crocker was considered "one of the grand old men" of the Canadian YMCA. 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. The item is a photocopy of the original and it is unknown where the original is or how this copy came to be in the collection. less
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