The game of basketball was invented in the 19th century. James Naismith a physical ed instructor developed the game in 1891 while at the Springfield, MA. YMCA.
Originally the game was played with a soccer ball and it was pitched into peach baskets. The bottoms of the baskets were still attached. The first game was held Mar. 11, 1892. Springfield, Mass. is the home for the basketball hall of fame.