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James Naismith (1861-1939)

James Naismith (1861-1939)

Photos by Colin Old - Posted July, 2012

James Naismith (1861-1939) James Naismith (1861-1939)

Photo Source - Wikipedia Commons

Plaque Location

The County of Lanark
The Town of Mississippi Mills
Attached to the wall of a house beside the front door at
100 Naismith Way, .6 km east of Road 29
3.2 km north of Road 16 in Almonte

Coordinates: N 45 14.720 W 76 13.542


Plaque Text

James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, was born on this farm in Ramsey Township. While studying theology in Montréal, he played a number of sports and became interested in the new discipline of physical education. In 1891, as a teacher in Massachusetts, he recognized the need for a new indoor activity to promote fitness in place of the traditional winter routine of marching, gymnastics and calisthenics. Feeling that a non-contact team game was the best answer, he devised the sport of basketball. His game is now played in over one hundred countries around the world.

Related Ontario plaque
Dr. James Naismith 1861-1939



Mississippi Mills Plaques

Here are the visitors' comments for this page.

> Posted January 5, 2010
It is so neat to see the town of Almonte on T.V. thanks to Dr. James Naismith who invented the best game ever and will always be my favorite school days sport.

> Posted May 19, 2009
Dr. James Naismith you rock. Basketball Rocks.

> Posted January 9, 2009
What did he do after the season?
My email is richierich1796@hotmail.com

> Posted December 7, 2008
Wow. I never knew that he was such a genius.

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