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James Naismith (1861-1939)
Photos by Colin Old - Posted July, 2012
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Coordinates: N 45 14.720 W 76 13.542
James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, was born on this farm in Ramsey Township. While studying theology in Montréal, he played a number of sports and became interested in the new discipline of physical education. In 1891, as a teacher in Massachusetts, he recognized the need for a new indoor activity to promote fitness in place of the traditional winter routine of marching, gymnastics and calisthenics. Feeling that a non-contact team game was the best answer, he devised the sport of basketball. His game is now played in over one hundred countries around the world.
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Dr. James Naismith 1861-1939
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> Posted January 5, 2010
It is so neat to see the town of Almonte on T.V. thanks to Dr. James Naismith who invented the best game ever and will always be my favorite school days sport.
> Posted May 19, 2009
Dr. James Naismith you rock. Basketball Rocks.
> Posted January 9, 2009
What did he do after the season?
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> Posted December 7, 2008
Wow. I never knew that he was such a genius
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