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Basket Ball: Rules for Basket Ball, 1892

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Title:
Basket Ball: Rules for Basket Ball, 1892
Description:
This is the original version of the 1892 edition of the book "Basket Ball: Rules of Basket Ball." In the book, Dr. James Naismith first explains why it was created, who the game is intended for, and the rules by which it should be played. In the original set of rules, the game was intended for games of 9 vs. 9, but it is stressed that the game can accommodate as many as space will allow. Dr. Naismith then details the original thirteen rules of basketball, which are still the foundation of basketball today.
Creator:
Naismith, James, 1861-1939
Date:
1892
Format:
Documents
Location:
Springfield College Archives and Special Collections
Collection (local):
College Archives Digital Collections
Series:
Rare Books Collection https://springfieldcollege.on.worldcat.org/oclc/31445306
Subjects:
Basketball--History
International Young Men's Christian Association Training School (Springfield, Mass.)
Springfield College--Alumni and alumnae
Springfield College--Faculty
Springfield College
Naismith, James, 1861-1939
The Triangle Publishing Co
Basketball
Places:
MassachusettsHampden (county)Springfield
Extent:
20 Pages
Link to Item:
Terms of Use:
Text and images are owned, held, or licensed by Springfield College and are available for personal, non-commercial, and educational use, provided that ownership is properly cited. A credit line is required and should read: Courtesy of Springfield College, Babson Library, Archives and Special Collections. Any commercial use without written permission from Springfield College is strictly prohibited. Other individuals or entities other than, and in addition to, Springfield College may also own copyrights and other propriety rights. The publishing, exhibiting, or broadcasting party assumes all responsibility for clearing reproduction rights and for any infringement of United States copyright law.
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Publisher:
The Triangle Publishing Co.
Notes:
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.
Language:
English
Identifier:
basketball-rules-1892-001
rules-basketball-1892