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Old 08-16-2014, 06:48 AM
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Basketball was invented in 1891 by a gym teacher and in the early years they used balls they had around gyms but mainly soccer balls.

You know you can look this stuff up

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Old 08-16-2014, 07:50 AM
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Here is an image from an 1894 Spalding guide. The ball shown, and likely being held by the player is an Association ball. It was used for soccer, but as Jim said, early basketball games likely used soccer balls. Also, here is an image of a women's basketball team found via a google search that shows the same style ball.

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Old 08-16-2014, 10:55 AM
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Look at the clothing.

Show many a pic of any soccer team wearing singlets.

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Old 08-16-2014, 01:16 PM
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Early basketball was passing and shooting, with very little dribbling, so what type of ball used may have been of lesser importance.

They didn't dribble because of the laces on one side, which made the ball erratic to bounce. When they removed the laces around 1930, then dribbling came into vogue.
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Old 08-16-2014, 02:43 PM
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One reason to guess it's not a soccer team, is soccer requires at least eleven players and there are only ten in the photo. Obviously there can be missing players and all that, but it looks as if they tried to gather the whole team.

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Old 08-16-2014, 04:10 PM
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One reason to guess it's not a soccer team, is soccer requires at least eleven players and there are only ten in the photo. Obviously there can be missing players and all that, but it looks as if they tried to gather the whole team.
David, I played soccer and anyone else who ever played soccer will tell you that soccer players don't wear singlets. For a team photo they would certainly have worn something closer to a soccer uniform.

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Old 08-16-2014, 05:37 PM
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I played and follow soccer and know what soccer uniforms are like (tank tops not worn in games), but wasn't sure what they'd wear circa 1895. I'm the one who's twice said I think the photo is basketball.

Via my facebook photo archive: Me playing soccer as a kid.


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Old 08-16-2014, 06:12 PM
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It wasnt just you that was missing the obvious 'not basketball' clue

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It wasnt just you that was missing the obvious 'not basketball' clue

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Well you're way ahead of me I had to look up what a singlet was LOL...
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