Two men playing basketball outside

The Origins Of Basketball: Two Peach Baskets

The game of basketball was invented in 1891 by Dr. James Naismith, a YMCA teacher who was asked to create an indoor activity for the cold months of the year. His first version of the game used two wooden peach baskets and a soccer ball. Scoring was fairly rare, but when it did happen the players had to climb a ladder or use a long pole to get the ball out of the basket -- so that play could continue.

It's from this simple beginning -- a make-shift game for kids to play when it was raining or snowing outside -- that today's high-scoring, high-speed, a