Basketball was created by Dr. James Naismith in December 1891 in Springfield, Massachusetts. He designed the game to occupy a class of male students at the Springfield YMCA who were bored with the children's games in their gym class.
First woman's Basketball Game
The University of California and Miss Head's School, played the first women's game
Rules of the Game
The first 13 rules of basketball were created, and women were aloud to play.
Naismith asked A.G. Spalding & Bros. to create a ball specifically for his new game. The first basketball had a circumference of 32 inches.
First Known Professional Game
November 7, 1896
The first known professional game was played in Trenton New Jersey between the Trenton YMCA and the Brooklyn YMCA, and was played at the Trenton Masonic temple.
The First Pro League
The first pro league, the National Basketball League, was formed to protect players from exploitation and promote a less rough game
NBA was founded
It was first founded as the Basketball Association of America in New York City on June 6.
NBA name was changed
The BBA changed it's name to the National Basketball Association on August 3, 1949 after merging with the National Basketball League
Basketball Hall of Fame
The Naismith Hall of Fame was established in 1959 by Lee Williams.
I started Playing Basketball!
When I was in third grade, I started playing basketball. I enjoyed playing the sport, I made new friends, and learned how to be on a team. Playing also helped me loose weight, which in turn made me healthier.