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Taking a Trip Back to Basketball of Yester Year

I Grew Up with Basketball: Twenty Years of Barnstorming with Cage Greats of Yesterday
Frank Basloe
University of Nebraska Press (March 2012)

Right in the thick of March Madness, it is a good time to be reminded where the beloved sport found its roots.

But I Grew Up with Basketball: Twenty Years of Barnstorming with Cage Greats of Yesterday is not a book about the great James Naismith. Rather it’s the story of a Hungarian immigrant who grew up in Herkimer, N.Y., where a YMCA director received the rules for this game called basketball and made it the game we play today.

Frank Basloe was just a kid when YMCA director Lambert Will developed the game of basketball from the initial rules sent to him by James Naismith. Basloe — due to both a love of the sport and a desire to impress his uneducated, but successful business owner of a father — became a basketball promoter at the age of 16, putting together teams of talented players and “globe trotting” them around the country.

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