4th Annual BHoF Induction Auction (#25)
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Dr. James Naismith, who is best known world wide as the inventor of basketball, also led an exemplary life, following the values he held dear. He was an educator and leader, dedicated to developing character through sport, and devoted to serving society. His gift of basketball is played in over 200 countries around the world. Naismith invented the sport of basketball in 1891 and is often credited with introducing the first football helmet. Naismith wrote the original basketball rulebook, founded the University of Kansas basketball program, and lived to see basketball adopted as an Olympic demonstration sport in 1904 and as an official event in 1936. Naismith's contributions to basketball have earned him several posthumous enshrinements, such as in the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame, the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame, the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame, the Ontario Sports Legends Hall of Fame, the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame, the McGill University Sports Hall of Fame, the Kansas State Sports Hall of Fame and the FIBA Hall of Fame. The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame carries his name. 3-1/4" x 3-3/4" x 7/8" hinged picture frame box, carved on both sides depicting a Scottish hunter in kilt with dog. Opens to reveal a 2" x 3" vintage original photo of Naismith as a toddler, standing next to a chair in front of a portrait studio backdrop. This photo dates from the 1860s and is the earliest known photo of Naismith. Our consignor advises that this photo came directly from the Naismith estate. Appears to be EXMT, case is EXMT or better with light wear.
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