Basketball: Its Origin and Development / Edition 1

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Overview

James Naismith was teaching physical education at the Young Men’s Christian Association Training College in Springfield, Massachusetts, and felt discouraged because calisthenics and gymnastics didn’t engage his students. What was needed was an indoor wintertime game that combined recreation and competition. One evening he worked out the fundamentals of a game that would quickly catch on. Two peach half-bushel baskets gave the name to the brand new sport in late 1891. Basketball: Its Origin and Development was written by the inventor himself, who was inspired purely by the joy of play. Naismith, born in northern Ontario in 1861, gave up the ministry to preach clean living through sport. He describes Duck on the Rock, a game from his Canadian childhood, the creative reasoning behind his basket game, the eventual refinement of rules and development of equipment, the spread of amateur and professional teams throughout the world, and the growth of women’s basketball (at first banned to male spectators because the players wore bloomers). Naismith lived long enough to see basketball included in the Olympics in 1936. Three years later he died, after nearly forty years as head of the physical education department at the University of Kansas.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803283701
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1996
  • Edition description: Bison Books ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 283,372
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Meet the Author

This book, originally published in 1941, carries a new introduction by William J. Baker, a professor of history at the University of Maine, Orono. He is the author of Jesse Owens: An American Life and Sports in the Western World.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2011

    Faulty workmanship

    Ordered book twice to find both copies missing signficant pages including Copyright page, Title Page, Table of contents as well as text pages. Smearing & black scribbling so bad on page 126, that 1/4 of page is unreadable. For this price, the book should be legible and complete.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2000

    Questions Answered

    Did you know that basketball was originally played with 18 players on the court at once? This fact and several other lost facts about the early years of basketball are compiled in this simple and easy reading title. James Naismith gives a very humble perspective of how the sport he had invented grew between 1891 and approximately 1936. Several interesting facts are given to lay the foundation of the game today. The book left me intersted in finding out more about the history of basketball and the creator of the sport. This book is only 189 pages long and goes by very quickly. I would suggest this book to anyone who is interested in the sport or trivia. The last sentence of the book even gives a little advice that anyone can use in his or her everyday life.

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