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Its Origin and Development by James Naismith, the Inventor of the Game (1941)


IN WRITING of the origin and development of basketball, forty-three years after its invention, I have given little space to technical aspects of the game; but rather I have written the book in an attempt to answer a number of questions.

Since it was impossible for me to gather the data myself, I have been forced to call on men from all parts of the world for some of the information that I have used. I have mentioned some of these men in the text of the book; but they are only a few of the persons who have contributed. To the men who have used basketball and in that using have helped to develop and spread the game in the interest of sportsmanship and for the benefit of the young people of the world, I wish to express my sincere appreciation.

James Naismith

Chapter I
Chapter II - The Need of a New Game
Chapter III - The Origin of Basketball
Chapter IV - Changes in the Game
Chapter V - Changes in Equipment
Chapter VI - Changes in the Rules
Chapter VII - The Spread of the Game in the United States
Chapter VIII - The Foreign Spread
Chapter IX - The Development of Girls' Basketball
Chapter X - The Physiology of Basketball
Chapter XI - The Values of Basketball

History of Basketball

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