Invented in 1891 by a Canadian PE teacher, basketball has become a popular sport - and these are the photos showing many of us enjoying "hoops".
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Although very popular now, the game of basketball is only a little over 120 years old. It was invented by a Canadian who became a PE teacher in Massachusetts - he needed a way to keep students busy at recess on rainy days and to use up their excess energy. Little did he think that he was creating a multi-billion dollar entertainment industry and a game that everyone would play at least some time in their school days!

From peach baskets for hoops and wire for backboards to huge stadiums and flashy players, basketball has come a long way and has an interesting history. For instance:
  • Basketball only became an official Olympic sport in 1936 at the Summer Games in Berlin, Germany.
  • The record for the most points scored in an NBA career is held by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - he scored 38,387 points in his career.
  • The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame - named for the game's inventor - is in Springfield, Mass.
  • Before basketballs became orange, they were brown - until 1929, the game was played using a soccer ball.
  • Cal Hubbard is the only person who is a member of both the basketball and football Hall of Fame.
  • In his NBA contract, Michael Jordan had a "love of game" clause. It allowed him to to play basketball "against anyone, anytime and anywhere."
  • In the movie Aliens:Resurrection, Sigourney Weaver actually made the "impossible" basketball shot herself.
  • Some great movies about basketball: White Men Can't Jump (1992), He Got Game (1998), Hoosiers (1986) Celtic Pride (1996), Coach Carter (2005), Above the Rim (1994), and Hoop Dreams (1994) .

Enjoy these photos of basketball from its birth through the 20th century.
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A photo of Vivian Marinelli giving dance lessons to members of the Palace Club basketball team of Washington, D.C. The members of the team are: Jones, Conway, Grody, Saunders, Kearns, Glascoe, and Manager Kennedy.
A photo of "war risk" basketball team.
Once famous athlete of House coaches page boys basketball team - Rep. Hamilton Fish of N.Y.
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Unknown - Unknown
A photo of the Charlotte Hall men's basketball team.
Added Jan 8, 2012 by: Ancient Faces
Ancient Faces
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Basketball Durland's 1908: using horses
A photo of six women posed with two trophy cups.
DeWitt Portal and the Basketball Team in 1926 yearbook, San Jose High School, San Jose, CA. The yearbook states "..San Jose was unable to do much in unlimited class basketball this year since almost a whole new team had to be picked...another handicap was the late start in practice due to the fact that most of the fellows were on the football team and had to wait until the football season was over before starting...Coach Vogt did his best and turned out a team that showed plenty of fight even though it did not win many games. Captain De Witt Portal and Ralph Fry were the outstanding stars of the season..." DeWitt Portal is sitting on right of photo, Ralph Fry is not in picture.
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Unknown - Unknown
Added Sep 1, 2011 by: Pam Marks
Pam Marks
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Donated by the JM Quinn (Deceased)Nederland,Tx. A&M Student 1920 Names on the picture as follows , in order? Coach Driver-Burkes-Gouger-Glezen-Williams-DeLee-Pierce-Hartung-McQuillen-Dwyer-Forbes-Ehlert-Keen
Added Jun 29, 2009 by: James Richey
James Richey
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This is a photo of the Ruston (Tacoma), Washington 8th grade basketball team.
People in this photo:
Unknown - Unknown
Added Mar 1, 2004 by: Candace Miesse
Candace Miesse
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Other photos found with this one were marked as being in Iowa or Oregon, between 1920s and 1940s.
Added May 7 by: Kat Schwartz
Kat Schwartz
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Boys Basketball Team photo. Believe this is from Salem, Oregon. Basketball has written on it: Dunbar 49-50.
Added May 3 by: Kat Schwartz
Kat Schwartz
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A photo of L C Snow Jr
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May 22, 1942 - Aug 30, 1994
Added Dec 20, 2019 by: Debi Snow-Irish
Debi Snow-Irish
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A photo of James Monroe Diamond
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Jan 30, 1913 - Feb 3, 1975
Added Nov 30, 2019 by: Pamela Diamond
Pamela Diamond
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Previously unpublished photo taken of the 1976-77 Plano Wildcats Varsity Basketball Team during practice in the gym of Plano Senior High school. (Plano, Texas). The team finished the season with an 11-19 record and placed 6th in the district with a 6-10 tally. Persons pictured in this photo are from left to right: Flip Redden, Davis Curtis, Tom Quigley, Dwayne Majors, Reggie Stimpson, Richard Campbell, Dane Herbel, Eric Lundblade, Steve Rogers, Norman Hall, Jon Moore, Kyle Dreyer, Dan Cahill, Randy Ross, Coach Mike Bridges. This is the second school year of attendance (1977) at the newly built Plano Senior High campus in West Plano. Construction of the school was completed the summer of 1975 just before the start of the 75-76 school year. Plano High School was previously located at what is now known as William High School in old east Plano. Plano Senior High 1976-77 school year. Photo ©1977
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Unknown - Unknown
Added Mar 30, 2019 by: Ilike Photos
Ilike Photos
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A photo of Darrell Wayne (Johnson ) Nelson, Approximate age 24. Connecticut college Division 1 Basketball team.
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Added Oct 17, 2018 by: Rhonda Nelsonparsneau
A photo of William Marshall Burch - Basketball champ!
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Dec 9, 1934 - May 1984
Added Sep 20, 2018 by: Jodi Welch
Jodi Welch
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We had an antique store close recently and I "rescued" it, trying to find where it belongs. If anyone should recognize these folks, please let me know. Thank you.
Added Aug 12, 2018 by: Karen Peterson
Karen Peterson
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A photo of Steven Golowski with his Freshman Basketball SDSU
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Feb 11, 1951 - Jan 20, 2009
Added Apr 11, 2018 by: Susie Carter
Susie Carter
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A photo of James Naismith. He created the game of Basket Ball in 1891 at the age of 30 - using a soccer ball, two peach baskets, and 13 rules. A simple game that grew into a national sport.
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Nov 6, 1861 - Nov 28, 1939
Added Mar 28, 2017 by: Kathy Pinna
Kathy Pinna
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A photo of Mary Lorene Molly Tisserand far right
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Sep 21, 1909 - May 18, 1997
Added May 7, 2016 by: Jan Doss
Jan Doss
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A photo of Catherine "Katie" (Fritz) Chandler and her basketball team
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Sep 8, 1886 - Mar 11, 1979
Added Mar 29, 2016 by: Jan Doss
Jan Doss
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A photo of Ned Nussrallah (2nd from right).
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Feb 13, 1896 - Jul 13, 1959
Added Nov 22, 2015 by: Lisa Rae
Lisa Rae
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A photo of Camila coll Poirson with her teammates and coach. Masnou women's Basketball Team. 1950's
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Unknown - Unknown
Added Aug 28, 2015 by: Elena Ramon
Elena Ramon
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A photo of the Hi-Y Champs 1945-46 Pitman, NJ. 1st row-Ken Reeves, Francis Cogan, Carroll Loughlin, Lynn Schoepske, Bud Ross 2nd row- Melvin Luce, Bob Ducat, Jim Walker, Bob Adams, Ric Cancglin, Norman Cancglin.
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Unknown - Unknown
This is a picture of my Dad, Thomas Edward Green, holding the Basketball. Best Daddy in the whole world!
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Unknown - Unknown
Added Apr 17, 2015 by: Michelle Green
Michelle Green
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A photo of the 1921 Basketball Champs of Pleasant Hill, Curry, New Mexico
A photo of Jerry Gracin yearbook - basketball
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Dec 8, 1915 - May 1981
Added Sep 30, 2014 by: Deborah Gracin
Deborah Gracin
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A photo of Ray Mentzer
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Sep 20, 1907 - June 1986
Added Aug 8, 2014 by: Stephanie Wiltfang
Stephanie Wiltfang
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Dodge City (Kansas) basketball team -- possibly from Dodge City Junior College but may be high school; photo likely dated 1946-1947
I bought this at a Flea Market in Louisiana.It looks like a Basketball team with there coach from 1928
Added Oct 7, 2013 by: Wallace Smith
Wallace Smith
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A photo of Rick Barry: Hall of Fame forward Rick Barry is the only player ever to lead the NCAA, NBA, and ABA in scoring. His name appears near the top of every all-time offensive list. He scored more than 25,000 points in his professional career and in four different seasons averaged more than 30 points. He was named to 12 All-Star teams, four All-NBA First Teams, and five All-ABA First Teams. Barry was a nearly unstoppable offensive juggernaut, a passionate competitor with an untempered desire to win. Height: 6-7; Weight: 220 lbs. Honors: Elected to Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (1987); NBA champion (1975); NBA Finals MVP (1975); All-NBA First Team (1966, '67, '74, '75, '76); All-NBA Second Team (1973); Rookie of the Year (1966); Eight-time NBA All-Star; All-Star MVP (1967); One of 50 Greatest Players in NBA History (1996). ABA Honors: ABA champion (1969); All-ABA First Team (1969, '70, '71, '72); Four-time ABA All-Star. Full Name: Richard Francis Dennis Barry III Born: 3/28/44 in Elizabeth, N.J. High School: Roselle Park (N.J.) College: Miami (Fla.) Drafted: San Francisco Warriors, 1965 (No. 2 overall) Transactions: Signed with Oakland Oaks of ABA, 1967; Oaks become Washington Capitols, 1969; Traded to New York Nets, 1970; Returned to NBA's Warriors, '72; Signed with Houston Rockets, 6/17/78
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Mar 28, 1944 - Unknown
Added Jan 17, 2013 by: Kevin Barry
Kevin Barry
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Glenn Heath, basketball coach at Westmoreland High School, upper Sumner County, Tennessee, in the late 1940s. I wish I knew the names of the boys on the team, but alas, I can't remember them, for I was only a wee lad at the time.
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1910 - 1962
Added Jul 16, 2012 by: Alan Heath
Alan Heath
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This is from North Manchester Collge in North Manchester - Wabash County - Indiana. Date on the back says around 1927. Names are unknown
Added Feb 24, 2012 by: Marilyn Jacobs
Marilyn Jacobs
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This is a photo of Ford, Yankees, 1921 added by Ancient Faces on January 11, 2012.
A photo of the Rosedale Girls Basketball team
This is a photo of Tom Sullivan added by Ancient Faces on January 11, 2012.
This is a photo of Held (Business) added by Ancient Faces on January 11, 2012.
A basetball photo of Mearny - business?
A photo of the American Industrial Basketball champions--The Fisk Red Tops ... winning five straight games within 24 hours in the recent Industrial Basketball Championship Tournament at Akron, Ohio
A photo of A.A.A.U. Basketball Championship team - the New York University team was victorious in the recent American Amateur Athletic Tournament at Atlanta, Ga. Team passing basketball, and insert of Howard Cann holding the silver cup awarded to him.
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Unknown - Unknown
A photo of a U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland Basketball player
This is a photo of Western basketball team, 1921 added by Ancient Faces on January 9, 2012.
A photo of the Tech High Basketball team in 1921.
A photo of the Catholic University basketball team, 1920.
A photo of the Friends Select School basketball team, circa 1920.
This is a photo of Basketball team of Columbia University at W.H. [i.e.... added by Ancient Faces on January 9, 2012.
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