Springfield College - Massasoit Yearbook (Springfield, MA)

 - Class of 1939

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Yff.£li4ci-A out. This feature on basketball has been presented in honor of Coach Hickox who for the past twelve years has been head coach of basketball. Since he took over the reins in 1927 he has turned out four New England Champions and his complete record has been one that would do honor to any coach. During that period his teams have won 159 games while losing only 57. Reluctantly we forfeit the privilege of his association, for he has captured and continues to hold our respect; not only is he a fine coach, but more than that, he is the embodiment of many of the ideals we, as men, have set up for ourselves. COACH HICKOX New England Champions 1927 Opponent Springfield Jan. 13 Norwich 8 36 15 Worcester 15 32 22 Providence 18 41 26 Conn. Aggies 22 36 28 Upsala 22 41 Feb. 2 Amherst 17 24 4 Tufts 29 41 10 St. Stephen ' s 15 30 12 N. H. State 22 29 19 R. P. I. 15 50 22 Vermont 31 33 25 Vermont 20 17 26 Middlebury 16 25 Mar. 2 Harvard 29 43 1928 Opponent Springfield 14 Wesleyan 42 44 16 Pratt 9 25 17 Fordham 31 24 19 E. Stroudsburg 35 52 20 Crescent 28 36 6 Upsala 18 53 13 Providence 23 44 14 R. I. State 31 42 18 Dartmouth 33 34 21 Tufts 24 42 28 Mass. Aggies 10 25 1 Northeastern 22 58 4 Rutgers 26 34 8 Amherst 22 36 11 R. P. I. 15 34 17 Vermont 26 28 18 Middlebury 25 37 22 Vermont 27 43 25 New Hampshire 33 49 29 Conn. Aggies 39 36 Won 18, Lost 2 [ 124 ]

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Basketball Invented at Springfield College Tj ' ORTY-SEVEN years ago in the winter of 1892 the game of basketball was invented at our own college by Dr. Naismith. Faced with the problem of keeping 18 robust young men interestedly occupied during the winter term when their activities were confined to indoor exercise, Dr. Naismith set out to fashion a game sufficiently engaging yet not too rough. The basic assumption on which he worked was that a new game must needs be a new combination of old patterns. First, he decided that inasmuch as tackling was necessary to stop a man running with the ball, the ball must be thrown to be advanced down the floor. Secondly, he concluded that the ball must be thrown at a goal of some sort, since a goal on the floor was too easily guarded, a box suspended above the floor was agreed upon. However, in the absence of a suitable box, peach baskets became the goals, which were nailed to the gymnasium railing ten feet from the floor Thus the first basketball game was played by twenty-two men, eleven on a side, with a soccer ball which was advanced down the floor by passing, no dribbling allowed, the object being to score a goal by tossing the ball into a peach basket. The game was an immediate success as far as the eighteen students were concerned, and in April of 1892 was given space in the New York Times as the ' new game " that was being played in gymnasiums that spring. " Y " secretaries became interested and made inquiries about the game. So it was that the game was introduced respectively at Geneva College, Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, the University of Iowa, and the University of Kansas when Dr Naismith went to that institution in the fall of 1898. And so the game spread DR. JAMES NAISMITH Class of ' 91 For forty-seven years the game has undergone ex pansion and is now being played by young men and women all over the world, beside which it is being enjoyed by old and young alike. Although the thirteen rules with which the game was originally played have been expanded into a book of rules covering the most minute detail, basketball as it is played today is fundamentally the same as the game as first played by Dr, Naismith ' s " peach-basket hangers. " [ 123 ]



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1937 1936 Opponent Spr mgfield Opponent Springfield Dec. 1 3 Pratt 20 27 Dec. 4 Stroudsburg 25 45 14 Brooklyn Poly. 29 45 11 Pratt 30 50 16 Stroudsburg 37 42 12 Columbia 34 35 17 L. I. U. 42 32 18 Villanova 22 32 18 Rutgers 33 41 19 St. Anselm ' s 33 44 Jan. 11 Middlebury 23 38 16 Ithaca 34 48 Jan. 8 Rutgers 44 41 18 Tufts 34 47 9 New Hampshire 35 37 22 Amherst 30 36 12 R. I. State 30 34 24 Northeastern 34 44 20 Amherst 36 40 25 Worcester 32 57 24 Williams 22 25 Feb. 1 Cortland 19 45 27 St. Francis 18 35 5 R. I. State 27 52 8 Mass. State 35 43 30 Northeastern 35 29 13 Providence 55 48 Feb. 4 Middlebury 17 45 15 Williams 17 42 5 St. Michael ' s 16 37 22 Providence 43 50 6 Vermont 32 41 28 Lowell Textile 32 28 12 Brooklyn Poly. 20 41 29 New Hampshire 41 59 13 Mass. State 35 40 Mar. 2 Providence 24 33 18 St. Francis 44 36 18 Lowell Textile 14 56 22 Providence 33 38 Post season game played in Madison Square 27 Providence 39 35 Garden Mar. 5 Tufts 32 36 Won 17, Lost 4 Won 18, Lost 3 THE FIRST BASKETBALL TEAM [ 125]

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