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Children's LiteratureThis interesting book traces the history and evolution of basketball arenas in the United States. For instance, you may not have known that in contrast to football and baseball, basketball began in a gymnasium that had already been created for other uses. The founder, James Naismith, in 1891, just decided to nail two peach baskets up on each end of a gym that he was already using for physical education. The first professional game was played in 1896 in Trenton, New Jersey in a hall surrounded by chicken wire, thus the nickname "cagers" was born. The nine chapters go on to discuss the early days of the sport, the luring of good players into the game, designing the first professional arenas (later shared arenas), the costs and design of arenas, famous and infamous arenas and Internet arenas. There are plenty of photographs, both colored and historical, to interest the basketball fan, plus an index and resources for further information. Part of the "Sports Palaces" series.