The Invention of Basketball

The game of basketball was invented by James Naismith in Springfield, Mass. in December 1891. The first baskets had bottoms, and so, after every basket, the ball had to be retrieved with a ladder.

Naismith later went on to coach basketball at the University of Kansas; Senda Berenson Abbott introduced basketball to women at Smith College in 1892. 

Petworth Library currently has a display of books about basketball, including:

Basketball Fundamentals Complete Book of Basketball Drills chamique
Clyde the Glyde
Basketball Fundamentals
by Jon Oliver
The Complete Book of Basketball Drills
by Giorgio Gandolfi
by Chamique Holdsclaw
Clyde the Glide: My Life in Basketball
by Clyde Drexler