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Pictured are Club President Jim McCampbell and Coach Mac Petty.
Photo provided Pictured are Club President Jim McCampbell and Coach Mac Petty.
Coach Mac Petty gave a very interesting presentation about the “History of Basketball” at the Crawfordsville Kiwanis Club this week.
Did you know that the original name of the game was “Basket Ball” and there were nine players on a team! Basketball is the only major sport that originated in the United States when a physical education teacher in Springfield Massachusetts, by the name of James Naimsmith, was asked to come up with a sport that students could play inside during the winter. He originally had two eighteen-inch square boxes and an old soccer ball that he was going to use with his class. He set them up in the auditorium before class, but a hard-working custodian saw the empty boxes and threw them away before Naimsmith came back with his students. At this point Naimsmith had to go out to the fruit market down the street and grabbed two peach baskets to throw the ball into.
On December 21, 1891 Naimsmith brought his students into the auditorium to teach them this new game called Basket Ball. Since he had 18 students in his class they started playing 9 on 9. It wasn’t until 1897 when the teams were reduced to five players playing at a time.
Coach Mac Petty coached the Wabash College Little Giants for 35 seasons winning a school record 497 games including the 1982 NCAA Division III National Championship. Coach Petty is also a member of the Crawfordsville Kiwanis Club.
If you would like to hear more interesting speakers come out and visit the Crawfordsville Kiwanis Club any Thursday at 11:45 am at the Crawfordsville District Public Library.