|Title||Basketball: Its Origin and Development|
|Description||James Naismith was teaching physical education at a 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 team throughout the world, and the growth of the 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.
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.
|ISBN||9 780803 283701 // 0-8032-8370-9|
|Book Dimensions||Width: 5.31″ (5 5/16″)|
|Depth: 0.56″ (9/16″)|
|Contents||Introduction, Preface, Bennie's Corners, The Need of a New Game, The Origin of Basketball, Changes in the Game, Development of Basketball Equipment, Changes in the Rules Body, The Spread of the Game in the United States, The Foreign Spread, The Development of Girls' Basketball, The Physiology of Basketball, The Values of Basketball, Appendix: (A. Statistics on Intramural Athletics, B. Urinalysis of Basketball Teams, March, 1925, C. Substitution Chart, D. Summary of Fouls, E. Classification of Attributes Developed by Athletics and Games, F. Definition of Attributes Developed by or Used in Athletics)|
|Cover||Photograph courtesy of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame|
|Back Cover||Photograph courtesy of Nebraska State Historical Society|
|Cover Design||Roger D. Buchholz|
|Published||1996 (originally published in 1941)|
|Publisher||New York: Association Press, 1941 (Re-published by Bison Books)|
|Copyright||© 1996 by the University of Nebraska Press|
|Printed in||United States|
|Book Format||Paperback, Kindle|
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|LC Call Number||GV885.N357 1996|
|DDC Call Number||796.323—dc20|