By Ryan Mayer, CBS Local Sports
Any fan of basketball knows that the game was invented by Dr. James Naismith during his time as a phys-ed instructor at Springfield College. The game was played using peach baskets for the nets on either side of the court. Outside of that however, very few details about the first game to be played were previously known.
Thanks to audio unearthed by professors at the University of Kansas, we now know the details of that game, from none other than the inventor of basketball himself: Dr. Naismith. An audio excerpt from the January 31, 1939 broadcast of Gabriel Heatter’s “We The People” radio program features a 77 year old Naismith explaining what the first organized game of basketball was like.
Truly amazing audio to listen to. Watching basketball today it’s almost difficult to imagine that first game is where this sport has grown from. Great find by the folks at the University of Kansas.
Ryan Mayer is an Associate Producer for CBS Local Sports. Ryan lives in NY but comes from Philly and life as a Philly sports fan has made him cynical. Anywhere sports are being discussed, that’s where you’ll find him.