The First Game: The Birth of Basketball

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In 1891, Dr. James Naismith was asked to create a new game that was safer and more interesting than the traditional ones played during the harsh northeastern winters. The result was basketball, a game that infused qualities from soccer, American football, field hockey and other sports.

Now, for the first time at HMNS, visitors can see Naismith’s original handwritten account of the first ever game of basketball and learn how it went from a child’s game to a global phenomenon.

Included with regular admission to the permanent exhibit halls and located in the Brown Gallery.

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