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Graphic History

The starting whistle is blown on a much-loved team sport, following an unlikely request

1891 THE INVENTION OF BASKETBALL

INFOGRAPHIC EDWARD CROOKS/WWW.EDWARDCROOKS.CO.UK

When Massachusetts PE teacher james Naismith was given two weeks to invert a new indoor game,his headmaster could never have iamgined that it would become one of the most popular and lucrative sports in the USA. The challege was to provide an "athletics distraction "to a class of particularly rowdy schoolboys during the cold winter month.It had to be playable in small spaces and "not too rought"this boisterous bunch had a habit of being somewhat overzealous wiht a ball,and the headmaster was tired of having to deal with the resulting injuries.

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This is the December 2017 issue of History Revealed.