Canadian-born Presbyterian minister James Naismith wrote the rules for basketball as physical education instructor at a Springfield Mass YMCA in 1891. Here he is interviewed shortly before his death by radio personality Gabriel Heatter for the program "We the People," in New York, on Jan. 31, 1939 for station WOR.
Naismith reveals the game was created to keep youths occupied indoors during cold winter days. He augmented the rules to prevent carrying the ball which had led to brutal rugby like on the court violence from 9 member teams. Originally he hung actual spare peach baskets, hence the name "basket ball".
Naismith was eventually hired as a chaplain at The University of Kansas soon after creating the game, and part of his duties included teaching phys ed which eventually evolved into being the obvious choice as the Jayhawk's basketball coach. Despite supposedly "inventing" the game in 1898, he somehow became the only basketball coach with an overall losing team record in the entire history of the Kansas Jayhawks.
This audio was found in the collection of The Library Of Congress by a Kansas University researcher and historian associate professor Michael Zogry and more info on the Naismith legacy can be found here: http://exhibits.lib.ku.edu/exhibits/show/naismith150/collections/radio-interview
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