All About The Inventor
A Canadian gym teacher named James Naismith. He was born in Almonte, Ontario on 1861, invented basketball in 1891, and died in 1939. He was educated at Presbyterian college in Montreal and at McGill University. He was a physical education teacher at Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts (1890 to 1895) and at McGill University (1887 to 1890). Naismith had 14 days to come up with an indoor game that would become a distraction to a rowdy class in the harsh New England winter. Finally he remembered a game he played when he was a kid. That game needed you to have accuracy and finesse. That game is now known as basketball.
The first rules were made in 1892. Players had to dribble a soccer ball up
and down a court of unspecified dimensions. You could earn points by
landing the ball in a peach basket. Iron hoops and a hammock-style basket
were finally used in 1893 but nets weren’t used until a decade after.
Click HERE to see the original
rules of basketball.