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  • Naismith, James, 1861-1939
  • Created Date
  • 1894-02-08
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  • Springfield College
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  • This is a newspaper article that appeared in the Daily Republican from Waterbury, CT, in 1894 that is a copy of the paper that Dr. James Naismith read before the New England Conference of YMCA secretaries. The majority of the paper discusses how important it is for men to maintain a good personal hygiene while constantly improving the condition of their body. Naismith quotes the bible saying that, "A cheerful face doeth good as medicine", and ... more
    This is a newspaper article that appeared in the Daily Republican from Waterbury, CT, in 1894 that is a copy of the paper that Dr. James Naismith read before the New England Conference of YMCA secretaries. The majority of the paper discusses how important it is for men to maintain a good personal hygiene while constantly improving the condition of their body. Naismith quotes the bible saying that, "A cheerful face doeth good as medicine", and continues to say that "The state of the body has a great influence on the moral side of a man's nature." It is clear that personal hygiene and respect for one's body was essential in his eyes, as one of his concluding remarks was, "Man's cheerfulness is dependent on a good condition of the body." 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. There is a copy of the original before the original was damaged. The copy of the article can be found here: http://cdm15370.contentdm.oclc.org/u?/p15370coll2,527. less
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