In December of 1891, basketball was invented by a Canadian who was a clergyman, educator, and physician. His name was James Naismith. He introduced this game when he was in Springfield, Massachusetts at the Young Men’s Christian Association Training School (now Spring-field College). His superior asked him to organized a vigorous recreation that was suitable for winter in-door play. At that time, the teams had 9 players. The first balled used were soc-cer balls and the goals were wooden peach baskets that were attached to the walls.
In 1897-1898, teams of five became the standard. The game also spread nationwide, to Canada and other parts of the world. It was played by both men and women. U.S. servicemen in World War II, made the sport popular in many other countries as they played it for recreation. In 1934, the first college games were played in New York City’s Madison Square Gardens. By the 1950’s, basketball had become a major college sport...
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