When James Naismith invented basketball, the sport involved throwing a soccer ball into what?
On December 15th, 1891 at a YMCA in Springfield, Massachusetts, James Naismith unveiled a new game called basketball. It was called basketball, but that first game was pretty different from the one we play today.
The game was played nine-on-nine, there was a jump ball held after every basket was scored, there was no dribbling, people tackled each other when they got the ball, and, oh yeah, Naismith used peach baskets for hoops. According to Alexander Wolff, in his book 100 Years of Hoops, Naismith drew up the rules for the new game in “about an hour.” Most of them still apply in some form today.