The history of basketball began with its invention in 1891 in Springfield, Massachusetts by Canadian physical education instructor James Naismith.

Naismith was a 31-year old graduate student when he created the indoor sport in Springfield, to keep athletes indoors during the winters.

The original 1891 “Basket Ball” court in Springfield College. It used a peach basket attached to the wall. / Image: Wikipedia

The game became established fairly quickly and grew very popular as the 20th century progressed, first in America and then in other parts of the world. After basketball became established in American colleges, the professional game followed.

James Naismith working at the Springfield YMCA in Massachusetts in 1891. The YMCA later became Springfield College /Image: niche.com
James Naismith Memorial Statue, Springfield College

Featured Image: James Naismith invented basketball in 1891 at the International YMCA Training School in Springfield, Massachusetts

Websites: springfield.edu, fiba.basketball



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