James Naismith

James Naismith (1861 - 1939)

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Dr. James Naismith
Born in Almonte, Canada Westmap
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Husband of — married in Springfield, Massachusetts, USAmap
Died in Lawrence, Kansas, USAmap
Profile last modified | Created 28 Jun 2016 | Last significant change: 12 Nov 2018
22:30: Laurie Cruthers edited the Biography for James Naismith. (Added category) [Thank Laurie for this]
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Categories: Almonte, Canada West | Persons of National Historic Significance | Ontario Inventors.


James Naismith is/was a significant Ontarian .

James Naismith invented the game of basketball in Springfield, Massachusetts. The first games used half-bushel peach baskets as targets. Naismith's rules limiting physical contact and prohibiting running or walking holding the ball are still in use today. While he was chairman of the physical education department at the University of Kansas (1898-1937), he is also credited with inventing a protective helmet for football players.[1]

The Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame is named in his honor.


  1. Encyclopædia Britannica Online, s. v. "James Naismith", accessed June 28, 2016, https://www.britannica.com/biography/James-Naismith Encyclopedia Britannica

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Members of the world's first basketball team. James Naismith is in the center row, 2nd from left
Members of the world's first basketball team. James Naismith is in the center row, 2nd from left


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James Naismith Image 3


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