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Here's the history of basketball—from peach baskets in Springfield to global phenomenon

Here's the history of basketball—from peach baskets in Springfield to global phenomenon

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Origins of basketball

  • In 1891, James Naismith, a physical education teacher, created a new game to keep his students engaged during the winter months. The game had to be playable indoors and accommodate several players at once. It needed to provide exercise without a chance for more seve...

The first public game of basketball was played on March 12th, 1892, in a YMCA gymnasium where the teachers played against the students. About 200 spectators attended.

Within weeks the sport's popularity grew. Students from other schools introduced the game at their own YMCAs, and then ...

  • The sport was introduced at the 1904 Olympic Games as a demonstration event and recognised as a medal event in 1936. The 1976 Montreal games included women's basketball.
  • The first professional league was the National Basketball League (NBL) in 1898 and consisted of six northeas...

The first NCAA tournament in 1939 included eight teams. The first collegiate basketball national champion was the University of Oregon, who defeated Ohio State University.

68 teams of the 1,000 collegiate basketball teams play in the annual March Madness tournament. The best college teams ...

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