James Naismith Creator of basketball

  • Born on November 6, 1861
  • Died November 29, 1939
  • Was orphaned at the age of nine
  • Raised by his uncle, Peter Young
  • Invented the football helmet
He invented Basketball
He invented the football helmet

Interesting Facts

  • James Naismith grew up in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • He invented basketball while teaching at a local YMCA
  • The first baskets were peach baskets and the first backboard were made of wire
  • Basketball became an olympic sport in 1936
  • He created basketball for indoor sport during the winter

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