From Almonte, Ontario
James Naismith was a physical educator, physician, chaplain, sports coach and innovator. He invented the game of basketball at age 30 in 1891.
Born in 1861 in Almonte, Ontario
Died in 1939 in Lawrence, Kansas, USA
Naismith studied physical education at McGill University in Montreal. He wrote the original basketball rule book and founded the University of Kansas basketball program.
Radio Interview, 1939
Naismith lived to see basketball adopted as an Olympic demonstration sport in 1904. He saw basketball make its Olympic Games debut in 1936 at Berlin.