James A. Naismith

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Coach, Inventor(1861–1939)
James Naismith invented the game of basketball in 1891.


Born on November 6, 1861, James Naismith was a Canadian and American sports coach and innovator. He invented the game of basketball in 1891. He is also credited with designing the first football helmet. He penned the first basketball rulebook, and established the basketball program at University of Kansas. Naismith has been given numerous posthumous honors for his contributions to the world of sports. He died in Kansas on November 28, 1939.

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