James naismith was a canadian farm boy from almonte, ontario, a small town just a few kilometers from canada's capital city, ottawahe was born on november 6, 1861 his father and mother died when he was eight and thereafter he made his home with an unclehe wondered about his future and decided that 'the only real satisfaction that i would derive from life was to help my fellow beings. James naismith 1861-1939 canadian physical education teacher the canadian-born physical education instructor james naismith made an indelible mark on sports history when he invented the game of basketball in springfield, massachusetts, in december 1891. A resident of portland, texas, naismith managed a water supply company and - like the vast majority of the extended, farflung naismith family - had little to do with basketball for most of his life.
Additionally, raymond kaighn, the last surviving member of naismith's first basketball team, wrote 8 letters to kenneth crouch between april 16, 1958, and july 28, 1962, reminiscing about his experiences and extolling naismith's contribution to the world of sports. James naismith was the first person to be inducted into the ontario basketball hall of fame in 1999 1861: born on november 6 in almonte, ontario, canada son of john naismith and margaret young. These rules were written on december 1891 by dr james naismith, the inventor of the game of basketball this 125 year old document was auctioned in 2010 for more than $4 million for charity. In 1936, he was the first african-american to earn a physical education degree at the university of kansas, where, by the way, his mentor was none other than dr james naismith, the inventor of.
Ironically, naismith was the only head basketball coach for ku to have a losing record during his tenure (1898-1907) -- 55-60 in 1916, at the age of 55, naismith volunteered for the kansas national guard and served a short term of duty as a chaplain during the 1916 mexican border war against pancho villa. Dr naismith was concerned about the taint of professionalism on a game that he created for fun, recreation and physical development this too is documented in the holdings of the archives his feeling about the importance of sport on the development of young men and women is expressed in his speeches and writings. By the turn of the century enough colleges had basketball teams that intercollegiate competition was possible when one of his former students, forrest phog allen, went to baker university to coach basketball naismith said basketball was a game to play that needed no coach. Dr james naismith is best known worldwide as the inventor of basketball he also led an exemplary life, following the values he held dear he was an educator and leader, dedicated to developing character through sport, and devoted to serving society.
Naismith has been given numerous posthumous honors for his contributions to the world of sports he died in kansas on november 28, 1939 - mary bellis, exerpt from basketball - james naismith (1861-1939). James naismith: an overview of naismith's significance with basketball from the kansas historical society accomplishments even before his invention of the game basketball, naismith was an accomplished student and athlete. Lawrence — a university of kansas researcher has uncovered what is believed to be the only known audio recording of dr james naismith, inventor of the game of basketball. First among these pioneers, it suggests, should be smith gymnastics instructor senda berenson, the matriarch of women's basketball, who in 1892, less than a year after dr james a naismith invented the game adapted the rules for a women's game. Born on november 6, 1861 in almonte, ontario, canada, james naismith was a canadian and american sports coach and innovator he invented the game of basketball in 1891 he is also credited with designing the first football helmet.
James naismith was 78 years old when he suffered a brain hemorrhage and died on november 28, 1939 the naismith memorial basketball hall of fame was named in his honor in 1959 each year the best college basketball players and coaches are honored with the naismith awards. James naismith, basketball's inventor, arrived in new york city in early 1939 with three items on his agenda he gave a speech to basketball writers in which he denounced modern trends in his. 'tis april and the fancy of many has lightly turned tobasketball, a sport literally invented in 1891 by one man, james naismith (1861-1939.
At the same time dr gulick assigned james naismith to a class of boys who were completely disinterested in the usual exercises and sports naismith became determined to invent a game for his class of incorrigibles. By mark w johnson fans who understand the history of basketball know dr james naismith invented the game in 1891 what many probably do not know about naismith is that he served as a chaplain in the army national guard and as a volunteer chaplain in france during world war i. Millions of players of basketball which was created by one man by the name of dr james a naismith james naismith was born around the 1860s james naismith created the game of basketball in 1891 dr james a naismith was truly influential to the sports world through the creation of basketball.