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James Naismith

(1861 - 1939)

  • Invented game of basketball using peach baskets in 1891
  • Physical education professor, chaplain, and first basketball coach at University of Kansas
  • Saw basketball become an Olympic sport at 1936 Berlin Games
  • Honored in 1959 with Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

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