Yesterday, I had the opportunity to visit the The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. This hall is home to more than three hundred inductees and about 40,000 square feet of basketball history. It is located in Springfield, Massachusetts, and it started off as a piece of property on the Springfield College campus. It is described as being a “mid range jump shot” away from where the game was first played on December 21, 1891.
The day that the game of basketball was invented, a physical education teacher (yay, teachers!) named James Naismith introduced a new game to his class of 18 young men in the gymnasium of the YMCA International Training School in Springfield.
The objective of his game was simple: to throw a round ball into a round basket. The basket was tacked to a balcony about 10 feet above the floor. In the first game played, there was only one basket scored on a 25-foot toss by William Chase. According to the The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, “the pace of the game was slow and its origins humble, but the new pastime spread quickly, and by 1894, basketball was already being played in France, China, India, and more than a dozen other nations.”
My favorite part of the hall was the interactive exhibits, where I learned that my vertical jump was 13 inches! I also enjoyed watching others play virtual basketball, compare their foot size to famous game players, and jump to measure their maximum rebound height ability.
If you love…scratch that…if you even like basketball or sports, I would highly recommend visiting The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. You don’t need to have a lot of prior basketball knowledge to enjoy the experience, but if you are a fan, seeing the memorabilia is exciting.
Here are some pictures from my visit:
Has anyone been to a basketball hall of fame or museum?
Images are mine.