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"Cradle of basketball" to be honored for high school hoops this spring

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by spikechiquet, Dec 11, 2010.

  1. spikechiquet

    spikechiquet Well-Known Member

    The home of the first-ever high school basketball game and Indiana's first high school state champion to be honored in Crawfordsville, Ind. this April.
  2. Bubbler

    Bubbler Well-Known Member

    Crawfordsville hasn't done jack shit in basketball since then.
  3. franticscribe

    franticscribe Well-Known Member

    Do they still play in that sweet old gym?
  4. spikechiquet

    spikechiquet Well-Known Member

    Well, they were state runner ups...50 years ago. But, yeah...they haven't done much since then.

    Not sure how long C'ville has played at the current gym, but it's pretty new.
  5. JR

    JR Well-Known Member

    The original rules of basketball, two pages typed by Dr. Naismith's secretary, were sold at auction earlier this week for $4.3 million.


    James Naismith -- who was born in Almonte, Ont., and studied at McGill University -- wrote the 13 rules while a physical education instructor at the Christian association.

    "Basketball is a pure invention," said Selby Kiffer, senior specialist in American history documents at Sotheby's, where the rules were being sold by the Naismith International Basketball Foundation.

  6. Crash

    Crash Active Member

    It's not the "cradle of basketball." It's Indiana's cradle of basketball. Big difference.
  7. JR

    JR Well-Known Member

    Isn't that the same thing? :)
  8. Crash

    Crash Active Member

    Of course it is. Gene Hackman invented basketball.
  9. Bob Cook

    Bob Cook Active Member

    Um, it IS the cradle of basketball. I'm not sure if the Crawfordsville Y was the first outside of Springfield to introduce basketball, but it was the first where it spread through the community like wildfire.

    Sadly, no one thought to preserve the Crawfordsville Y. I think it's a bank parking lot now. I don't believe there's even a marker.
  10. spikechiquet

    spikechiquet Well-Known Member

    It is a bank parking lot and they are putting a marker up, finally, this spring. Hence why I posted the story. I think this is going to be a big deal, at least in Indiana, and to hardcore prep basketball geeks.
    And yeah, it IS the area that got high school basketball going in the U.S., unless you can tell me who won a state title in 1910.
  11. Crash

    Crash Active Member


    I'd think the "cradle of basketball" would be the place it was invented or the place where it was revolutionized (Lawrence, Kansas). But that's just me.
  12. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Indiana is where basketball cried, burped and spit up, so it's apt.
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