World's Very First Basketball Team, Waterbury American article, 1913
- World's Very First Basketball Team, Waterbury American article, 1913
This article tilted, "World's Very First Basketball Team, appeared in the Waterbury American from 1913. In the article, it talks about how the game of basketball was created and discusses the dynamics of the first basketball team. It also mentions some of the original rules and intentions made by Dr. James Naismith in creating the game.
October 18, 1913
- Springfield College Archives and Special Collections
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College Archives Digital Collections
James Naismith Papers
Springfield College--Alumni and alumnae
Naismith, James, 1861-1939
- 2 Pages
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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.
Is part of a scrapbook of Naismith materials, collector unknown, that has been taken out of its binding and the pages separated by archival paper. It is the 9th item in the scrapbook.