Dr. James Naismith
Dr. James Naismith
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Naismith, James, 1861-1939
This is a portrait of Dr. James Naismith. Dr. James Naismith was a student at Springfield College from 1890-1891. Upon completing his one-year program to become a physical director for the YMCA, he took a position as a full-time faculty member at Springfield College, a position he kept through the spring of 1895. Just prior to the Christmas break in 1891, with the intent to appease a restless secretary department physical exercise class, he designed a new game: Basketball. A quote on his application may sum up best why and how he created this wonderful sport. In reply to why he desired to become a YMCA Physical Director, Naismith simply states, “My life work is to do good to men and serve God and wherever I can do this best is where I want to go.”
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MS 506 James Naismith Papers
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