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The history of basketball began with its invention in 1891 in Springfield, Massachusetts by Canadian physical education instructor James Naismith as a less injury-prone sport than football. The game became established fairly quickly and grew very popular as the 20th century progressed, first in America and then in other parts of the world.

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also the site of the league's very first game on Nov. 1, 1946, with the Huskies hosting the New York Knickerbockers at Maple Leaf Gardens. The contest drew 7,090, a good crowd considering that ...

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On this day in 1891, the first game of basketball was played at what is now Springfield College. The game was invented by a Canadian, Dr. James Naismith, a versatile athlete, theologian, and physical education instructor, who envisioned the time when Christian people would recognize the true value of athletics. He …

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The first Canadian interuniversity basketball game was played at the YMCA in Kingston, Ontario on February 6, 1904, when McGill University—Naismith's alma mater—visited Queen's University. McGill won 9–7 in overtime; the score was 7–7 at the end of regulation play, and a ten-minute overtime period settled the outcome.

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On November 1, 1946, the first NBA (at the time called the BAA) basketball game took place in Toronto, Canada. The game was between The New York Knicks and the Toronto Huskies at Maple Leaf Gardens and drew in over 7000 spectators, most who knew very little about basketball; The Knicks won 68-66.

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The First basketball type game may have been played by the early Olmec people of ancient Mexico as early as 500 years go. The Aztec, and Mayan cultures also had a game similar to basketball, only instead of a rubber ball they used the decapitated skulls of their conquered foes.The First true basketball game as we know it was on January 20th, 1892 in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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The First Game of Basketball Ever Played. The first game of basketball ever played on the 21 st of December, 1891, at the YMCA training school in Springfield, Massachusetts. The gym was incredibly small. Only 50 feet x 35 feet, compared to current day courts which are 94 feet x 53 feet.

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Springfield College alumnus James Naismith invented basketball on campus as a graduate student of the College in 1891. Hear him tell the story here. This is the only known audio recording of basketball inventor and Springfield College alumnus James Naismith describing the first organized game of basketball, played at Springfield College.

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On November 1, 1947, during the inaugural game played between the New York Knickerbockers and Toronto Huskies, Ossie Schectman of the Knicks scored the first points ever in NBA history. About the ...