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