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The History of the Basketball

  • Basketball Initiation

    Basketball Initiation
    Basketball was created by 1891. The location where all of this started was in a YMCA Training School in Springfield, Massachusetts where Dr.James Naismith accepted the job of an instructor.The main idea of the sport was it to be indoors and a small space.
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    Basketball Timeline

  • Womens basketball initiation

    Gymnastics instructor Senda Berenson Abbott adapts James Naismith's basketball rules for women and introduces the game at Smith College. First inter-institutional contest between the University of California and Miss Head's School.
  • Original 13 Basketball Rules Released

    Dr. James Naismith created 13 different rules so that each team could have en equal opportunity to win. The first time people knew about these rules was in Springfield College school newspaper The Triangle.
  • Soccer ball used at the Beginning

    Soccer ball used at the Beginning
    A soccer ball (football) was used for the first two years. In 1894 the first basketball was marketed. It was laced, measured close to 32 inches (81 cm), or about 4 inches (10 cm) larger than the soccer ball, in circumference, and weighed less than 20 ounces(567 grams).
  • First College Basketball Game

    The first ever college basketball game was played on January 18, 1896, when the University of Iowa invited student athletes from the new University of Chicago for an experimental game. Final score: Chicago 15, Iowa 12, a bit different from the hundred-point scores of today.
  • First Professional Basketball Game(Trenton vs.Brooklyn)

    This was the first known professional basketball game was played in Trenton New Jersey between the Trenton YMCA and the Brooklyn YMCA. The game was played at the Trenton Masonic temple, and an admission fee was charged for admittance into the game. Each player got $15 dollars except Fred Cooper who got $16 dollars, and became the first highest paid player. Trenton defeated Brooklyn 15-1 to win the first ever professional basketball game.
  • All-black Olympian Athletic League

    All-black Olympian Athletic League
    In 1907, the amateur, all-black Olympian Athletic League was formed in New York City consisting of the Smart Set Athletic Club, St. Christopher Club, Marathon Athletic Club, Alpha Physical Culture Club, and the Jersey City Colored YMCA. The first inter-city basketball game between two black teams was played in 1907 when the Smart Set Athletic Club of Brooklyn traveled to Washington, DC to play the Crescent Athletic Club. This team were known as the grave digger.
  • Not Dribbling and Shooting to Dribbling and Shooting

    In Naismith's original 13 rules, the ball could be batted in any direction with one or both hands, but it could not be dribbled because players could not move with the ball. Beginning in 1910 a player could dribble the ball, but could not shoot after dribbling. It was not until 1916, following heated debate, that players were allowed to shoot after dribbling.
  • Formation of FIBA

    World basketball was growing, but it was on June 18, 1932 that a real international organization was formed, to coordinate tournaments and teams: that day, Argentina, Czechoslovakia, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Portugal, Romania and Switzerland founded the International Basketball Federation. Its work was fundamental for the first inclusion of basketball in the Berlin Olympic Games in 1936.
  • Introduced to Olympics

    Introduced to Olympics
    "1936 basketball became an official sport and the United States team easily dominated the competition. The games were played outdoors on a converted tennis court, and the 1936 championship game was played during a rainstorm with 1,000 standing fans. Following this, the United States won every Olympic basketball championship until 1972.The USA men have dominated in Olympic basketball, owning a won-loss slate of 122-5,"
  • First Basketball Game Televised

    The first basketball game is televised, from Madison Square Garden; Fordham vs the University of Pittsburgh. It was over NBC's experimental station in New York, W2XBS. The game, in which Pittsburgh beat Fordham 50-37.
  • Inventor of 3 point line(Howard Hobson)

    Herman Sayger, a high-school basketball phenom cum coach in the midwest, came up with the idea of a three-point shot in a scoring system that rewarded distance of the shot being made;The three point line, as well as other rule changes, were tested in a game between Columbia and Fordham on February 07, 1945.

    In 1946 a group of executives in New York City formed yet another new professional basketball league, known as the Basketball Association of America (BAA). This new circuit was a direct competitor with the new NBL, with teams in New York City; Boston, Massachusetts; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Chicago, Illinois; and Detroit, Michigan.
  • Basketball size changed

    Basketball size changed
    By 1948–49, when the laceless molded ball was made official, the size had been set at 30 inches (76 cm).
  • Great Player of His Time(Wilt Chamberlain)

    Great Player of His Time(Wilt Chamberlain)
    It was the season that the 7-foot, ½-inch Wilt Chamberlain grabbed hold of the game and the record book and twisted them like a pretzel beyond all recognition. Playing for the Philadelphia Warriors, Chamberlain scored 78 points and pulled down 43 rebounds on Dec. 8 against the Los Angeles Lakers -- and that was just a warm-up routine. On March 2, Wilt scored his staggering 100 points against the New York Knicks.
  • The Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Opens in Springfeild Massachussetts

    The Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Opens in Springfeild Massachussetts.
  • NBA's First Three Pointer

    NBA's First Three Pointer
    he NBA's first three-point shot was made with 3:48 left in the first quarter by Chris Ford of the Boston Celtics on October 12, 1979 in a game against the Houston Rockets at Boston Garden. This was not the only historic moment in the game, it also marked the debut of Boston Celtics' rookie Larry Bird. The Boston Celtics went on to defeat the Houston Rockets by a score of 114-106.
  • The "Greatest Player of all time" Michael Jordan

    The "Greatest Player of all time" Michael Jordan
    Coming off a gold medal performance at the 1984 Olympics prospered in the pro game with a fabulous first season, earning the Rookie of the Year; Five-time NBA MVP; Six-time NBA champion; Six-time NBA Finals MVP; Ten-time All-NBA First Team; Nine time NBA All-Defensive First Team; Defensive Player of the Year; 14-time NBA All-Star; Three-time NBA All-Star MVP; 50th Anniversary All-Time Team; Ten scoring titles -- an NBA record and seven consecutive matching Chamberlain.
  • Petrovic First Drafted Person Not from the U.S.

    Petrovic was drafted by the Blazers in 1986, but didn’t play in the NBA until 1989.
  • NBA Start a Womens Nation Basketball Association

    NBA Start a Womens Nation Basketball Association
    The NBA Agrees to start a womens Nation Basketball Association. (WNBA)
  • First Woman Referee

    First Woman Referee
    Violet becomes the first woman to referee a major sporting event. she is soon joined by Dee Kanter.