Photo of James Naismtih, Creator of Basketball
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A black and white photograph shows Dr. James Naismith (1861–1939), physical education professor and inventor of basketball. He is holding an early basketball (a soccer ball) and a peach basket.
Dr. James Naismith (1861–1939) is the man who invented basketball. The sport was his solution for an entertaining indoors activity for a particularly unruly class at the YMCA in Springfield, Massachusetts in the winter of 1891. Typing out his original 13 rules for his new game, he took a soccer ball and some peach baskets and introduced to his class to what would become known worldwide as “basketball.”