Hoop Genius: How a Desperate Teacher and a Rowdy Gym Class Invented Basketball

2013

In 1891 a school teacher named James Naismith, desperate to manage a rowdy gym class in Springfield, Massachusetts, invented a new game he called "Basket Ball". It started with a list of rules scratched on paper, two old peach baskets and a soccer ball. The game was an instant sensation. The origin of the national sport of basketball is humorously written and illustrated in this picture book. Enjoy the original first draft of "Basket Ball" rules inside the cover. Author's notes add biographical details for the curious reader. This is a must read for basketball lovers. Recommended for age 6 - 8, as well as parents and teachers alike. What a hoot!

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