Basketball in History

Events in Sport

Events 1 - 100 of 137

  • 1876-02-03 Albert Spalding with $800 starts sporting goods co, manufacturing 1st official baseball, tennis ball, basketball, golf ball, & football

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1891-12-21 1st game of basketball, based on rules created by James Naismith, played by 18 students in Springfield, Massachusetts

Basketball Inventor James Naismith
Basketball Inventor
James Naismith
  • 1892-01-15 Basketball rules first published in Triangle Magazine, written by James Naismith
  • 1892-03-11 1st public basketball game (Springfield, Massachusetts)
  • 1893-02-07 Vanderbilt University claims it participated in the first organised intercollegiate basketball game at the Nashville YMCA Gymnasium; Vanderbilt beats YMCA, 9-3
  • 1894-01-27 1st college basketball game, University of Chicago beats Chicago YMCA 19-11
  • 1923-02-13 1st Black pro Basketball team, "Renaissance", organizes
  • 1924-02-25 Marie Boyd scores 156 points in Maryland HS basketball game (163-3)
  • 1930-02-15 Weona beats Toluca in Illinois Basketball Tournament in 10 overtimes
  • 1930-03-07 Georgetown High of Chicago defeats Homer 1-0 in basketball
  • 1933-10-19 Berlin Olympic Committee vote to introduce basketball in 1936
  • 1934-12-29 1st collegiate basketball doubleheader at Madison Square Garden
  • 1935-04-06 H Levitt sinks 499 basketball free throws, misses & sinks 371 more
  • 1936-08-07 Twenty-two nations line-up as the first basketball competition in the Olympics Games starts in Berlin; Estonia beats France 34-29 in the first game
  • 1936-08-14 United States beats Canada 19-8 in poor conditions outdoors to win the gold medal in the inaugural men's basketball competition at the Olympics Games in Berlin
  • 1938-11-24 National Semi-Pro Basketball Congress authorizes yellow basketball

  • 1939-03-28 Renaissance Big 5 win 1st pro basketball championship
  • 1940-02-28 1st televised basketball game (U of Pitts beats Fordham U, 50-37)
  • 1941-03-24 LIU beats Ohio U 56-42 for NIT basketball championship
  • 1945-01-02 Kentucky begins 130 home basketball game win streak, ends in 1955

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1945-03-26 De Paul wins NIT basketball championship, George Mikan scores 34

NBA Center George Mikan
NBA Center
George Mikan
  • 1946-06-06 The Basketball Association of America is formed in New York City.
  • 1946-11-01 First Basketball Association of America game; New York Knicks beat Toronto Huskies 68-66 at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto
  • 1948-08-13 The United States successfully defends its Olympic basketball title with a 65-21 win over France at the London Games
  • 1949-08-03 Basketball Association of America (BAA) & National Basketball League (NBL) merge to form National Basketball Association (NBA), Maurice Podoloff elected head of new league
  • 1951-03-03 Bill Mikvy (Temple) scores NCAA basketball record 73 pts
  • 1953-01-09 Bevo Francis, Rio Grande College, scores 116 pts in basketball game
  • 1953-02-21 Longest collegiate basketball game (6 OTs) Niagara beats Siena 88-81
  • 1954-02-02 Bevo Francis, Rio Grande College, scores 113 pts in basketball game
  • 1954-10-30 1st use of 24-sec shot clock in pro basketball (Rochester vs Boston)
  • 1955-01-08 Furman sets NCAA basketball single-game scoring record with 154 pt
  • 1955-01-08 Georgia Tech ends Kentucky's 130-game home basketball win streak

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1956-12-03 Wilt Chamberlain's 1st collegiate basketball game (scores 52)

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain

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1958-01-09 In basketball Oscar Robertson (Cin) scores 56, Seton Hall team 54

NBA Player Oscar Robertson
NBA Player
Oscar Robertson
  • 1958-03-15 Royals basketball star Maurice Stokes collapses during a playoff game with encephalitis; He goes into a coma & is permanently disabled
  • 1959-01-28 Soviet Union wins 62-37 for 1st international basketball loss by US
  • 1960-01-26 High-school basketball sensation Danny Heater scores 135 points

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1960-09-10 Future Hall of Famer Jerry Lucas scores 23 points as the US wins its 5th straight men's basketball Olympic gold medal with a 90-63 drubbing of Brazil at the Rome Games

NBA Forward Jerry Lucas
NBA Forward
Jerry Lucas
  • 1961-02-25 Niagara ends St Bonaventura's 99-game home basketball win streak
  • 1961-10-27 American Basketball League starts play
  • 1961-11-06 US government issues a stamp honoring 100th birthday of James Naismith (invented game of basketball - actually Canadian)

  • 1962-12-31 American Basketball League announces suspension of operation
  • 1964-01-29 Most lopsided high-school basketball score 211-29 (Louisiana)
  • 1964-02-29 NC high school basketball teams play to 56-54 score in 13 overtime
  • 1964-03-21 UCLA completes undefeated NCAA basketball season (30-0)
  • 1967-02-02 Formation of American Basketball Association is announced
  • 1967-10-13 First American Basketball Association (ABA) game is played with Oakland Oaks beating Anaheim Amigos, 132-129; red, white & blue ball and 3-point field goal introduced
  • 1968-01-20 Houston Cougars defeat the UCLA Bruins 71-69 to win basketball's Game of the Century and end UCLA's 47 game winning streak
  • 1968-02-17 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Springfield, Massachusetts opens
  • 1968-04-18 1st ABA basketball championship began
  • 1968-10-25 US men's basketball team beats Yugoslavia 65-50 to win the gold medal at the Mexico City Olympics; 7th straight basketball title for the Americans

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1970-02-02 Pete Maravich becomes 1st to score 3,000 college basketball points

NBA Guard Pete Maravich
NBA Guard
Pete Maravich
  • 1970-03-04 Jacksonville is 1st college basketball team to avg 100+ pts per game

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1970-10-13 2 future Basketball Hall of Famers debut; guard Calvin Murphy for San Diego Rockets in 111-96 loss in Chicago; forward Dave Cowens for Boston Celtics in 114-107 loss in New York

NBA Center and Head Coach Dave Cowens
NBA Center and Head Coach
Dave Cowens
  • 1971-01-30 UCLA starts 88 basketball game win streak
  • 1971-05-27 UCLA defeats Florida State 81-76 to win the NCAA basketball championship
  • 1972-02-05 Bob Douglas is 1st African American elected to Basketball Hall of Fame
  • 1972-03-19 1st AIAW Women's Basketball Tournament, Immaculata beats West Chester State 52-48 in Normal
  • 1972-03-25 UCLA wins its 6th consecutive national basketball title
  • 1972-03-28 Wilt Chamberlain plays his last pro basketball game
  • 1972-09-09 Soviet Union beats the United States 51-50 in the most controversial game in international basketball history; with US leading 50-49 the final 3 seconds is replayed 3 times until the Soviets finally win
  • 1972-09-10 US Men's olympic basketball team's 1st loss, 51-50 to USSR (disputed)
  • 1973-01-27 UCLA's basketball team wins 61st consecutive game (NCAA record)
  • 1973-02-15 Friendsville Academy (Tenn) ends 138-game basketball losing streak
  • 1973-03-25 AIAW Women's Basketball Tournament, Immaculata beats Queens College, 59-52, Immaculata 1st undefeated team in New York
  • 1973-03-26 UCLA wins their 7th straight NCAA basketball title
  • 1973-07-01 1st US-China basketball game, US collegiates beats Shanghai 96-61
  • 1973-09-07 Mike Storen becomes American Basketball Association's 4th commissioner
  • 1973-12-15 Tennessee beats Temple 11-6 in low scoring NCAA basketball game
  • 1974-01-19 Notre Dame beats UCLA, ends NCAA-record 88-game basketball win streak
  • 1974-01-20 Essex Comm College beats Englewood Cliffs 210-67 in basketball
  • 1974-02-05 Mats Wermelin, Sweden, scores all points in 272-0 basketball win
  • 1974-03-24 36th NCAA Mens Basketball Championship: NC State beats Marquette 76-64
  • 1974-09-03 Future Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame guard Oscar Robertson retires; leaves NBA with 26,710 points, 9,887 assists & 7,804 rebounds in 1,040 games

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1974-10-03 Future Basketball Hall of Fame guard Jerry West (“Mr. Clutch”) retires after 14 NBA seasons with the LA Lakers; West has 25,192 career points; averages 29.1 ppg in 153 playoff games

NBA Guard Jerry West
NBA Guard
Jerry West
  • 1975-01-31 UCLA defeats Kentucky 92-85 to win the NCAA basketball championship
  • 1975-10-08 San Antonio Spurs, then members of the ABA, defeat the NBA's Atlanta Hawks, 109-107 in the first basketball game ever played in the Louisiana Superdome
  • 1976-03-28 AIAW Women's Basketball Tournament, Delta States beat Immaculata, 69-64 at Pennsylvania State University
  • 1977-02-01 Hillsdale High School defeats Person High School 2-0 in basketball
  • 1978-02-05 Fred Newman makes 88 consecutive basketball free throws blindfolded
  • 1978-02-14 In girls' HS basketball, Chicago Latin beats Harvard St George
  • 1978-06-20 1st 6 teams of Women's Pro Basketball League (WBL) granted-Iowa, NJ, Milwaukee, Chicago, Minnesota & Dayton
  • 1978-12-09 1st game of Women's Pro Basketball League (WBL), Chicago Hustle vs Milwaukee Does
  • 1979-02-21 2 Iowa girls HS basketball teams play 4 scoreless quarters game was won 4-2 in 4th overtime period

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1979-10-12 Future Basketball Hall of Fame forward Magic Johnson makes his debut for Los Angeles Lakers at the San Diego Clippers; Lakers win, 103-102

NBA Legend Magic Johnson
NBA Legend
Magic Johnson
  • 1980-01-21 Les Henson, Virginia Tech, makes 89' 3" basketball field goal
  • 1982-01-29 Old Dominion ends Louisiana Tech's women's basketball rec 54-game win streak
  • 1982-02-24 Basketball team Boston Celtics begin 18 NBA game win streak
  • 1982-12-24 Chaminade, with a student body of only 850 students, beats #1 ranked Virginia 77-72 in a Honolulu holiday basketball classic
  • 1983-12-21 NCAA rules rescinded last 2-minute men's basketball free throw rule
  • 1984-01-08 NCAA announces that basketball tournament will have 64 teams
  • 1984-01-22 Annette Kennedy of SUNY sets women's basketball record with 70 pts
  • 1984-04-02 46th NCAA Mens Basketball Championship: Georgetown beats Houston 84-75
  • 1984-08-07 The US collects its first Olympic gold medal in women's basketball history with a 85-55 win over South Korea in the final at the LA Games
  • 1984-08-10 The US beats Spain 96-65 to win the men's basketball gold medal at the Los Angeles Olympics; future 'dream team' members Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing and Chris Mullin feature
  • 1985-01-02 Nevada-Las Vegas beats Utah 142-140, highest college basketball score
  • 1985-02-08 Bruce Morris, Marshall Univ, makes a 92' 5½" basketball shot
  • 1985-02-23 Indiana basketball coach Bobby Knight throws a chair during a game
  • 1985-04-04 Tulane University cancels its basketball season amidst scandal

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1986-01-04 NCAA basketball's David Robinson blocks a record 14 shots

NBA Center David Robinson
NBA Center
David Robinson

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 142


Person of interestJames Naismith

1861-11-06 James Naismith, Canadian-American physical educator and inventor (basketball, football helmet), born in Almonte, Ontario (d. 1939)

Basketball Inventor James Naismith
Basketball Inventor
James Naismith
  • 1875-07-15 Frank "Pop" Morgenweck, basketball hall of famer (elected 1962)
  • 1891-10-02 H. V. Porter, American basketball pioneer who created fan-shaped backboard, born in Manito, Illinois (d. 1975)
  • 1892-12-17 Sam Barry, American basketball coach (d. 1950)
  • 1894-07-04 Henry Carlson, basketball coach (originated figure 8 play)
  • 1896-10-20 Nat Holman, basketball coach (CCNY)
  • 1898-05-01 David Tobey, Basketball Hall of Fame referee, born in New York, New York (d. 1988)
  • 1899-02-03 Forrest "Red" DeBernardi, basketball hall of famer (elected 1961)
  • 1901-05-01 Slats Gill, Basketball Hall of Fame coach (36 seasons Oregon State), born in Salem, Oregon (d. 1966)
  • 1901-09-02 Adolph Rupp, American college basketball coach (d. 1977)
  • 1904-08-06 Henry Payne Iba, American basketball coach (Olympic gold 1964, 68), born in Easton, Missouri
  • 1906-02-10 John "Cat" Thompson, basketball hall of famer (elected 1962)
  • 1910-10-14 John Wooden, American basketball coach (UCLA-10 national championships), born in Hall, Indiana (d. 2010)
  • 1913-12-18 Ray Meyer, American basketball coach (d. 2006)
  • 1916-11-08 Frank McGuire, basketball coach (won 550 games in 30 college seasons)
  • 1920-07-04 Norm Drucker, American basketball referee, born in NYC, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1922-10-28 Butch van Breda Kolff, American basketball coach (d. 2007)
  • 1922-11-21 Abe Lemons, American basketball coach
  • 1923-03-31 Donald Argee Barksdale, Berkley Cal, basketballer (Olympic gold 1948)
  • 1923-05-01 Frank Brian, American basketball guard (NBA All Star 1951, 1952), born in Zachary, Louisiana (d. 2017)
  • 1924-07-10 Johnny Bach, American basketball player and coach, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2016)
  • 1924-10-09 Arnie Risen, Basketball Hall of Fame center (4-time NBA All Star), born in Williamstown, Kentucky (d. 2012)
  • 1925-02-21 Jack Ramsay, American Hall of Fame basketball coach (Portland Trail Blazers, 1977 NBA Champions), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2014)
  • 1925-06-25 Ted Stepien, American businessman and basketball team owner, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2007)

Person of interestDolph Schayes

1928-05-19 Dolph Schayes, American basketball Hall of Famer (Syracuse Nationals/Philadelphia 76ers) and coach, born in NYC, New York (d. 2015)

NBA Power Forward and Coach Dolph Schayes
NBA Power Forward and Coach
Dolph Schayes

Person of interestBob Cousy

1928-08-09 Bob Cousy, Basketball Hall of Fame guard (Boston Celtics, 6-time NBA champion), born in Manhattan, NYC

NBA Point Guard Bob Cousy
NBA Point Guard
Bob Cousy
  • 1928-11-30 Joe B. Hall, American basketball coach
  • 1930-08-08 Jerry Tarkanian, basketball coach (California State, UNLV, 625-122)
  • 1931-09-07 Al McGuire, American basketball coach (Marquette), born in NYC, New York (d. 2001)
  • 1932-04-25 Meadowlark Lemon, American basketball star (Harlem Globetrotters), born in Wilmington, North Carolina (d. 2015)
  • 1933-09-25 Hubie Brown, American basketball coach and broadcaster, born in Hazleton, Pennsylvania

Person of interestBill Russell

1934-02-12 Bill Russell, American basketball star (Boston Celtics, Olympic-gold 1956), born in West Monroe, Louisiana

Basketball Player Bill Russell
Basketball Player
Bill Russell
  • 1934-09-22 Lute Olson, American basketball coach
  • 1935-09-27 Jerome Shipp, American basketball (Olympic gold 1964)

Person of interestWilt Chamberlain

1936-08-21 Wilt Chamberlain, American College & Basketball Hall of Fame center (13-time All Star), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1999)

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • 1937-03-26 Wayne Embry, holder of 7 basketball records (Miami of Ohio)
  • 1937-05-30 Harry Statham, American basketball coach
  • 1937-10-26 Dave Gavitt, American basketball coach, formed Basketball's Big East Conference (1979), born in Westerly, Rhode Island (d. 2011)

Person of interestJerry West

1938-05-28 Jerry West, American Basketball Hall of Fame guard, executive (LA Lakers, 14-time NBA All Star), born in Chelyan, West Virginia

NBA Guard Jerry West
NBA Guard
Jerry West
  • 1940-02-25 Billy Packer, Wellsville NY, basketball sportscaster (CBS)
  • 1940-10-25 Bobby Knight, college basketball coach (Indiana, Olympic gold 1984)

Person of interestNate Thurmond

1941-07-25 Nate Thurmond, American Basketball Hall of Fame forward (7-time NBA All Star), born in Akron, Ohio (d.2016)

NBA Forward Nate Thurmond
NBA Forward
Nate Thurmond
  • 1941-10-31 Lucas Brown Jackson, American basketball player (Olympic gold 1964), born in San Marcos, Texas
  • 1942-04-15 Walter Raphael Hazzard, basketball (Olympic gold 1964), born in Wilmington, Delaware

Person of interestRick Barry

1944-03-28 Rick Barry, Basketball forward (NY Nets, Golden State Warriors), born in Elizabeth, New Jersey

NBA Small Forward Rick Barry
NBA Small Forward
Rick Barry
  • 1944-04-21 Adrian Hurley, Australian basketball coach
  • 1945-02-26 Giannis Ioannidis, Greek basketball coach and politician
  • 1946-07-13 Bob Kauffman, American basketball forward (3-time NBA All Star), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1946-11-16 Jo Jo White, American basketballer (Olympic gold - 1968), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2018)
  • 1947-02-13 Mike Krzyzewski, basketball coach
  • 1947-08-11 Sergey Kovalneko, USSR, basketball (Olympic bronze 1968)
  • 1949-01-28 Gregg Popovich, NBA Basketball Coach
  • 1949-05-30 P.J. Carlesimo, American basketball coach

Person of interestJulius Erving

1950-02-22 Julius Erving, American Basketball Hall of Fame forward ("Dr. J"), born in East Meadow, New York

NBA Legend Julius Erving
NBA Legend
Julius Erving
  • 1950-03-04 Rafael Canizares Poey, Alacs Mtnzs Cuba, basketballer (Olympic bronze 1972)
  • 1952-01-26 Thomas Edward Henderson, SC, basketballer (Olympic silver 1972)
  • 1952-02-24 Tom Burleson, USA, basketball (Olympic silver 1972) tallest Olympian-7'4"
  • 1952-03-09 Uljana Semjonova, Soviet-Latvian basketball player (Olympic gold 1976), born in Zarasai, Lithuanian SSR, Soviet Union
  • 1952-04-20 Božidar Maljković, Serbian basketball coach and president of the Olympic Committee of Serbia, born in Otočac, Croatia
  • 1952-06-14 Pat Summitt, American basketball coach (University of Tennessee), born in Clarksville, Tennessee (d. 2016)
  • 1952-09-18 Rick Pitino, American basketball coach
  • 1953-02-05 John Beilein, American basketball coach
  • 1953-03-31 Rene Portland, American college basketball coach (Penn State 1980-2007), born in Broomall, Pennsylvania (d. 2018)
  • 1953-05-26 Dan Roundfield, American basketball forward (3-time NBA All Star), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2012)
  • 1954-03-23 Geno Auriemma, Italian-born American basketball coach (Connecticut Huskies), born in Montella, Italy
  • 1954-08-20 William Quinn Buckner, Phoenix Ill, basketballer (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1955-03-23 Moses Malone, Basketball Hall of Fame center (NBA MVP 1979, 82-83), born in Petersburg, Virginia, (d. 2015)
  • 1956-10-19 Bruce Weber, American Basketball Coach, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1956-12-13 Phillip Gregory Hubbard, basketball (Olympic gold 1976), born in Canton, Ohio
  • 1957-05-28 Ben Howland, American college basketball coach, born in Lebanon, Oregon
  • 1957-09-01 Duško Ivanović, Montenegrin basketball coach
  • 1957-09-20 Vladmir Tkachenko, USSR, basketball (Olympic bronze 1980)
  • 1958-07-31 Mark Cuban, American businessman and basketball team owner (NBA's Dallas Mavericks), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1959-02-17 Daniel Ray "Danny" Ainge, basketball & football star
  • 1959-05-01 Eddie Johnson, American basketball guard/forward (NBA Sixth Man of the Year 1989), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1959-09-30 Ettore Messina, Italian basketball coach
  • 1959-10-06 Robyn Maher, Australian basketball guard (Olympic bronze 1996)
  • 1959-11-07 Billy Gillispie, American basketball coach
  • 1960-04-04 Bev Smith, Canadian basketball forward (Olympics 1996), born in Salmon Arm, Canada
  • 1961-12-24 Jay Wright, American basketball coach
  • 1962-05-27 Ray Borner, Australian basketball center (Olympics 1984, 88, 92, 96)
  • 1962-10-17 John Dorge, Australian basketball center (Olympics 1996)
  • 1962-11-23 Andrea Blackwell, basketball forward (Olympics 1996), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1962-12-27 Mark Few, American basketball coach
  • 1962-12-27 Bill Self, American basketball coach
  • 1963-01-20 Scott Fisher, Australian basketball forward (Olympics 1996), born in San Jose, California
  • 1963-12-24 Jay Bilas, American basketball analyst
  • 1964-07-19 Teresa Edwards, American basketball forward (Olympic gold 1984, 88,92,96), born in Cairo, Georgia
  • 1964-08-26 Karla Karch-Gailus, basketball guard (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1965-09-19 Katrina McClain, American basketball forward (Olympic gold 1996), born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1965-09-25 Scottie Pippen, American Basketball Hall of Fame forward (Bulls 6 NBA titles, 2 Olympic gold-92, 96), born in Hamburg, Arkansas,
  • 1965-11-10 Jamie Dixon, American basketball coach
  • 1966-03-12 John Thompson III, NCAA Basketball Head Coach
  • 1967-04-27 Bridgette Gordon, American basketball forward (Sacramento Monarchs, Olympic gold 1988), born in DeLand, Florida
  • 1967-05-25 Ruthie Bolton, McClain Miss, basketball guard (Olympic gold 1996)
  • 1967-12-11 Katy Steding, Lake Oswego Oregon, basketball forward (Olympic gold 1996)
  • 1968-01-13 Kelly Boucher, Canadian basketball forward (1996 & 2000 Olympics), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1968-03-06 Carla McGhee, Peoria Ill, American basketball forward (Olympic gold 1996)
  • 1968-05-26 Rachael Sporn, Australian basketball forward (Olympic bronze 1996)
  • 1968-08-20 Sandy Brondello, Australian basketball guard (Olympic bronze 1996)

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

1894-06-20 Basketball inventor James Naismith (32) weds Maude Evelyn Sherman (23) in Springfield, Massachusetts

Basketball Inventor James Naismith
Basketball Inventor
James Naismith

HeartWedding of Interest

1989-09-02 NBA basketball star Michael Jordan (26) weds Juanita Vanoy (30) at the Little White Chapel in Las Vegas

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan

Deaths in Sport


Person of interestJames Naismith

1939-11-28 James Naismith, Canadian-American physical educator and inventor (basketball, football helmet), dies at 78

Basketball Inventor James Naismith
Basketball Inventor
James Naismith
  • 1944-12-16 Don Meyer Basketball coach Northern State, Lipscomb, and Hamline
  • 1966-04-05 Slats Gill, Basketball Hall of Fame coach (36 seasons Oregon State), dies of stroke at 64
  • 1967-01-18 Reese "Goose" Tatum, basketballer (Harlem Globetrotters), dies at 45
  • 1975-10-27 H. V. Porter, American basketball pioneer who created fan-shaped backboard, dies at 84
  • 1977-12-10 Adolph Rupp, American basketball coach (b. 1901)
  • 1984-06-16 Lew Andreas, American basketball coach (b. 1895)
  • 1988-07-25 David Tobey, Basketball Hall of Fame referee, dies at 90
  • 1990-10-07 John "Cat" Thompson, basketball hall of famer, dies at 84
  • 1993-01-15 Henry Iba, basketball coach, dies at 88
  • 1993-04-28 Jim Valvano, basketball coach (NC State), dies of cancer at 47
  • 1995-07-19 James Smiddy, high school basketball coach (1,216 wins), dies at 71
  • 1998-11-13 Red Holzman, American basketball coach (b. 1920)
  • 1999-10-08 John McLendon, American basketball coach (b. 1915)
  • 2000-02-21 Antonio Díaz-Miguel, Spanish basketball coach (b. 1933)
  • 2012-05-19 Bob Boozer, College/Basketball Hall of Fame forward (Olympic gold 1960), dies of a brain aneurysm at 75
  • 2012-08-04 Arnie Risen, Basketball Hall of Fame center (4-time NBA All Star), dies at 87
  • 2012-08-06 Dan Roundfield, American basketball forward (3-time NBA All Star), dies of drowning at 59
  • 2015-02-06 Norm Drucker, American basketball referee, dies at 94
  • 2015-07-25 Bob Kauffman, American basketball forward (3-time NBA All Star), dies of heart failure at 69
  • 2015-09-13 Moses Malone, Basketball Hall of Fame center (NBA MVP 1979, 82-83), dies of heart disease at 60

Person of interestDolph Schayes

2015-12-10 Dolph Schayes, American basketball Hall of Famer (Syracuse Nationals/Philadelphia 76ers) and coach, dies of cancer at 87

NBA Power Forward and Coach Dolph Schayes
NBA Power Forward and Coach
Dolph Schayes
  • 2015-12-27 Meadowlark Lemmon, American basketball star (Harlem Globetrotters), dies at 83
  • 2016-06-28 Pat Summitt, American basketball coach (University of Tennessee), dies at 61
  • 2016-07-16 Nate Thurmond, American Basketball Hall of Fame forward (7-time NBA All Star), dies of leukemia at 74
  • 2017-05-14 Frank Brian, American basketball guard (NBA All Star 1951, 1952), dies at 94
  • 2018-01-16 Jo Jo White, American basketballer (Olympic gold - 1968), dies of complications of dementia at 71
  • 2018-05-03 Bob Prewitt, American college basketball coach (SMU Mustangs), dies at 93
  • 2018-05-04 Larry Hunter, American college basketball coach (Wittenberg Tigers, Ohio Bobcats, Western Carolina Catamounts), dies at 68
  • 2018-07-22 Rene Portland, American college basketball coach (Penn State 1980-2007), dies of cancer at 65