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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".

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... more
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Once famous athlete of House coaches page boys basketball team - Rep.... more
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Taken at San Jose High School, San Jose, CA USA in .
DeWitt Portal and the Basketball Team in 1926 yearbook, San Jose High School,... more
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Taken at Texas A&M College, College Station, Tx. USA on .
Donated by the JM Quinn (Deceased)Nederland,Tx. A&M Student 1920 Names on the... more
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This is a photo of the Ruston (Tacoma), Washington 8th grade basketball team.
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A photo of Darrell Wayne (Johnson ) Nelson, Approximate age 24. Connecticut... more
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Taken at Fletcher High School, Fletcher, Comanche County, OK United States.
A photo of William Marshall Burch - Basketball champ!
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We had an antique store close recently and I "rescued" it, trying to find... more
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A photo of Steven Golowski with his Freshman Basketball SDSU
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A photo of James Naismith. He created the game of Basket Ball in 1891 at the... more
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Taken in Cedarville, Modoc County, CA United States in .
A photo of Mary Lorene Molly Tisserand far right
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A photo of Catherine "Katie" (Fritz) Chandler and her basketball team
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A photo of Ned Nussrallah (2nd from right).
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Taken in El Masnou, Barcelona County, CT Espanya in .
A photo of Camila coll Poirson with her teammates and coach. Masnou women's... more
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Taken at Snohomish High School, Snohomish, Snohomish County, WA United States in .
This is a picture of my Dad, Thomas Edward Green, holding the Basketball.... more
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A photo of the 1921 Basketball Champs of Pleasant Hill, Curry, New Mexico
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A photo of Ray Mentzer
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I bought this at a Flea Market in Louisiana.It looks like a Basketball team... more
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A photo of Rick Barry: Hall of Fame forward Rick Barry is the only player... more
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Taken at Westmoreland High School, Westmoreland, Sumner County, TN USA .
Glenn Heath, basketball coach at Westmoreland High School, upper Sumner... more
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Taken at North Manchester Indiana, Wabash County, IN USA in .
This is from North Manchester Collge in North Manchester - Wabash County -... more
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