Netting Out Basketball

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May 30, 2015, 2:00 PM CT

Presented by Rich Hughes

The main theme of the presentation is that Kansas was the cradle of Basketball during the game's formative years. Kansan leadership in the sport's development focuses on three men:

Dr. James Naismith, Inventor of the game
Dr. Forrest Allen, Father of Basketball Coaching
Gene Johnson, Father of modern Basketball

Particular teams will be highlighted as they personified the innovations made possible by these three coaches. The spotlight will be on Naismith's 1898-99 Kansas University Men's Basketball, the first KU edition; Allen's 1908-09 Haskell Indian Nations University squad who traveled the US; and Johnson's 1935-36 McPherson Refiners, the first team to dunk, zone press, and win the Olympic gold medal.

The fast paced, well coached, athletic game of basketball we know today is a result of the work of Kansans. The college Final Four and March Madness directly resulted from the efforts of James Naismith, Forrest "Phog" Allen, and Gene Johnson. This presentation also includes a screening of the KHC-funded "Oil and Gold" documentary short film about the McPherson Refiners success at the 1936 Olympic Games, based on Hughes' book "Netting Out Basketball 1936."

Kiowa County Historical Museum and Soda Fountain
320 S Main St
Greensburg, KS 67054-1702
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Sponsored by: Kiowa County Historical Museum and Soda Fountain

For more information about this event, please contact:
Kathryn Ritter
(316) 519-6975