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Dr. James Naismith 1861-1939

Dr. James Naismith 1861-1939

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2004

Dr. James Naismith 1861-1939

Photo by contributor Brian Bockus - Posted May, 2017

Dr. James Naismith 1861-1939

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2004

Plaque Location

The County of Lanark
The Town of Mississippi Mills
In a pull-off in front of the house
on Road 29, street number 4968
just north of James Naismith Way/Clayton Road
3.2 km north of Road 16 in Almonte

Coordinates: N 45 14.502 W 76 13.918


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Plaque Text

This is the boyhood home of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball. Born in a house which formerly stood on this lot, he entered McGill University in 1883 where he was active in athletics. In 1890 Naismith graduated in theology from Presbyterian College, Montreal and subsequently enrolled at the International Y.M.C.A. Training School (now Springfield College) in Massachusetts. There was a need for a competitive team sport that could be played indoors during the winter months, and, there, in December 1891, Naismith devised a game, played under thirteen basic rules, with a ball and two round baskets. He directed physical education at the University of Kansas for thirty-six years and died at Lawrence, Kansas.

Related Ontario plaque
James Naismith (1861-1939)



Mississippi Mills Plaques

Here are the visitors' comments for this page.

> Posted December 30, 2010
James Naismith was truly a great man. He was great because he invented something everybody loves, basketball. I wish I could have met him but he is dead and he will be remembered forever.

> Posted November 13, 2009
Did you know that my great-great grandfather was in the class when it was invented?? His name is Frank Hoyt Mahan.

> Posted May 3, 2009
James Naismith is my hero.

> Posted December 18, 2008
In gym every day my gym teacher is talking about him we are doing the elk free throwing contest at Martha Elementary and I won for the 12 year old division. If I win the next round for my age group I will get to go to St. Joe High School. Well nice sharing my comment with whoever gets this.

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