Monday, December 15, 2008

Anniversary: Basketball

On this day in 1891 Canadian coach James Naismith introduced the game called "Basket Ball" at Springfield College in Massachusetts. Naismith laid out 13 rules and the original game used a soccer ball and a peach basket (see photograph). "Running" with the ball was counted as a foul until 1922. Without a rule change, Patrick Ewing would have been the most prolific fouler in history.

(image credit: the first basketball court, with peach basket, at Springfield College)