James Naismith Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

Born: November 6, 1861 in Almonte, Province of Canada
Died: November 28, 1939 in Lawrence, Kansas
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James Naismith was a Canadian-American sports coach and innovator. He invented the sport of basketball in 1891 and is often credited with introducing the first football helmet. He 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 at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, as well as the birth of both the National Invitation Tournament (1938) and the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship (1939).

  • JAMES NAISMITH The man who invented basketball sends an envelope from Europe to his wife in Kansas. Rare Envelope signed: "Naismith" above imprinted return address, 5½x4½, irregularly torn. Two 2-cent George Washington stamps affixed, postmarked U.S. Army, M.P.E.S, February 6, 1939. read more...

    Sale Price $1,275.00


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