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James Naismith

James Naismith holding a basketball
Sport(s) Basketball
Biographical details
Born (1861-11-06)November 6, 1861
Almonte, Ontario, Canada
Died November 28, 1939(1939-11-28) (aged 78)
Lawrence, Kansas, USA
Alma mater McGill University
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1898–1907 Kansas
Head coaching record
Overall 55–60
Accomplishments and honors

FIBA Hall of Fame
Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame
Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame
Canadian Sports Hall of Fame
Ontario Sports Hall of Fame
Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame
McGill University Sports Hall of Fame
Oklahoma State Sports Hall of Fame

Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1959
College Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2006

Be strong in body, clean in mind, lofty in ideals.
I am sure that no man can derive more pleasure from money or power than I do from seeing a pair of basketball goals in some out of the way place.
James Naismith
The invention of basketball was not an accident. It was developed to meet a need. Those boys simply would not play 'Drop the Handkerchief.'
James Naismith