Style Laced Leather Basketball
HISTORY of Basketball In
1891 Dr. Naismith invented the game of Basketball. It was to bring team
sport indoors. The first ball was crude and handmade and hand-stitched
leather with an irregular shape and bladder. It was made to be passed.
It was soft and oversize up to 33 inches in circumference. Its laces and
handmade irregular seams made the ball much trickier to dribble and shoot.
Full size, vintage balls like these are practically extinct. Rare examples
command museum prices. After each quarter, if there was not a second ball
to be used, balls had to be de-laced and re-pumped up. Access to the bladder
came from removing the laces.
Although the dribble was not officially sanctioned until the early 1903-1906
years. A dribble was considered a pass to oneself. There were no backboards.
The ball was shot into the peach basket and then someone had to climb
up and retrieve it for the next play.
Teams often were 7 in number. While Naismiths original game hardly resembles
basketball as it is played today, the essence was there, and some similarities
remain. The five second time limit for throwing the ball inbounds is still
used today. And he had decided that the best way to put the ball in play
was to toss it in the air between two players a maneuver that would eventually
become the center jump. Naismith wanted to control the roughness of the
early game by having the referee call fouls. Yet, there was no mention
of dribbling the basketball.
And in the early days of the game women began playing almost as much as
men. It also didn't take the game long to spread from YMCA Gyms, where
it was born, to colleges. There is a record of basketball appearing in
both men's and women's colleges as early as 1892.
The game took hold fast. During the next few years the rules began to
change. In the original rules a field goal counted as only one point.
Later field goals were raised to three points before dropping back to
two points. A point was awarded when the opposing team committed three
fouls, but before long that was dropped and free throws were awarded.
By 1897 the free throw line was established at 15 feet from the hoop.
Other changes also began to appear. The first metal hoops were put in
use as early as 1893. And, the first backboards came into existence two
years later. It also didn't take long for the dribble to come into play,
giving the game more flow and avoiding a stalemated situation where a
pass just couldn't be made. The dribble actually evolved out of another
rule that allowed a player to throw the ball in the air and catch it again,
in effect a pass to himself. It was a result of trying to decide what
to do when such passes bounced that the dribble was eventually born.
There was another early rule that also had to go. It stipulated that when
a ball went out of bounds the first player to touch it would get to throw
it back in. This led to some wild dashes after the ball, looking almost
like a group of football players chasing a fumble.
A new rule, which wasn't accepted everywhere until about 1913 said that
the team last touching the ball before it went out would lose possession.
That definitely made more sense and took some more of the early mayhem
out of the game. The officially first recorded game between two colleges
was 1895 . Score 9 - 3. In 1903 there was another interesting score between
two college teams 159 -5. A player named Michael Anderson from Bucknell
scored 80 points in the romp! Who said there were no Larry Birds or Michael
Jordans back then?
Leagues sprang up. The game grew for both women and men. And tradition
and the great game evolved into the modern Highschool, College and Pro
game of today.
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