Today’s Google Doodle is a beautiful animation celebrating the 1891 discovery of Dr. James Namesith and his basketball.
In 1891, while a physical education teacher at YMCA College in Springfield, Massachusetts, he was called upon to do crafts for home games for his class in the harsh winter – James Knisteth – who was not yet a physician. In less than two weeks to build his game, Naseem focused on his knowledge and experience in other games to create something that is less rugged, and therefore more accessible.
After the process was over, Dr. James Knisteth complied with the 10 basic rules of the game, and on December 21, 1891, he played the first “basketball.”
After trying the experimental game as well as being encouraged after some changes and additions to the rules to keep some players safe, this new game of basketball gained popularity. Within weeks it was college talk, and on January 15, 1892 – the anniversary of today’s Google Doodle – an article about Dr. James Nimesmith’s basketball was published in the college magazine. From there, basketball exploded with popularity, thanks to it being an official activity at the YMCA.
Dr. James Naith Mith joined the University of Kansas in 18th and 6th to pursue his medical degree as Chapel Director and Physical Education Teacher. In a very short time, he was given the opportunity to create the university’s first basketball program. In his time at school, Naism used his position to improve racial relations because he opposed secession.
In 19336, towards the end of his life, Naism was able to take part in the first Olympic basketball game in Berlin, even throwing the tip-off ball. Dr. James Knisteth died in 1939, but his book on the history and process of basketball was published in 1944.
Today’s animated Google Doodle features a cartoon fantasy of two students tossing a simple ball into a basket while Dr. James Nayesith takes notes and returns to the game’s original, incomplete tools.
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