Today in History–January 16–the Library of Congress features basketball. The first unofficial college basketball game was played on this date in 1896 when the University of Chicago beat the University of Iowa by a score of 15-12. Learn more about this sport by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more basketball primary sources. Sports lovers will ...
The first unofficial college basketball game was played on this date in 1896 when the University of Chicago beat the University of Iowa by a score of 15-12. Learn more about this sport by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more basketball primary sources.
The Birthplace of Basketball. Basketball is built into the fabric of Springfield College. The game was invented by Springfield College instructor and graduate student James Naismith in 1891, and has grown into the worldwide athletic phenomenon we know it to be today. Springfield College students continue to be innovators and leaders in their fields.
This source gave a summary about the six most important people that contributed to the racial integration of basketball and made history. It gave us information of the extraordinary six, who are: Chuck Cooper, Earl Lloyd, Harold Hunter, Harry Lew, Nat “Sweetwater” Clifton, and Hank DeZonie. Spencer, Adam.
Basketball was invented in America by a British subject named James Naismith who was born and grew up in what was then the Province of Canada. Canada was not an independent country and “Canadians” were not Canadians then. They were considered British. But history is a funny business, of everyone claiming everything was invented in their country.
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BASKETBALL HISTORY & EARLY YEARS. In 1891, James Naismith, a teacher at a YMCA in Springfield, Massachusetts, is credited with inventing basketball. He was looking for an indoor recreational activity. The first basketball hoops were actually just peach baskets and the first backboards were made of wire.