Thanks to all the people who sent in all the coolio cager pics and info!

Here's some facts:

# Basketball was invented by Dr. James Naismith in 1891 at Springfield, Mass.
# Naismith wanted the game to be fun but not rough.
# Maude Sherman was one of the first ladies to play the game. Miss Sherman's love for the game later helped her become Mrs. Naismith.
# When the sport first began, two men were required to climb up ladders and get the ball out of the peach basket that was used. In order to save time doing this, the idea was introduced that there be a hole in the bottom of the basket.
# The only rule not changed through the years is the height of the goal.
# Nine players were used during the very first game.
# A soccer ball was used during the very first game.
# YMCA members were original players.
# Girls were involved in the game almost immediately.
# By 1895 players in fifteen countries knew about set shots and layups.
# Five men started on each team in 1897, and it has been that way since.
# Not having a center jump after every score led to more playing time.
# Double dribble was prohibited in 1908.
# Open nets became common in 1914.
# In 1923 it was decided the player fouled must shoot the free throw.
# Basketball became an official Olympic sport in 1936.
# Transparent backboards were legalized in 1946.
# Benches must be on the side that the scorer's and timer's table is on which began in 1967.
# Dunking was not legal from 1967 to 1976.


Here's a bunch of runner-ups!:

And now the winners:

Mark D sent in this coolio pic here! CONGRATS TO MARK! YOU WIN A MUG! Check out his site here!

From Mark:

"I guess the Internet doesn't have everything, but I think I got everything you asked for. Here's a picture with old time basketball
players playing in old cage. I even got some of the cigars the fans would use to burn the players flesh like Peter Jennings was talking
about. What he forgot to mention was how back then the game was played with three balls instead of one, and though ethnicity wasn't a factor
in hiring, only black and white players were allowed on the court. Sepia toned players were a rarity, but I was fortunate enough to find one. =)"





Not really the Mad Max meets bordertown thing that you were asking for. The Northwestern photos show a net-like cage, while some of the others show a barrier on the bottom, a spectator section on a second floor or both. All but the last photo were taken by the Chicago Daily News. The last pic shows guys that have to play in a cage, probably still do and credit goes to Rhoads, Harry Mellon, 1880 or 81-1975. I found all of these photos by searching the library of congress: American memory ( I have sent all of these photos inline, but could send you files, if necessary.


Doug L (currently unemployed)

Basketball, Sanford vs. Alamosa, March 1941

[Northwestern University basketball player Merril Mundy shooting a lay-up, jumping on a basketball court].

[Northwestern University basketball players Rut Walter and Dutch Longborg standing beneath a basketball hoop in a gymnasium].

[Loyola University basketball center Charlie Murphy holding a basketball in the air with one hand]

[Northwestern University basketball player Russell Bergherm leaning forward and dribbling a basketball, light exposure].

[Northwestern University basketball player Merril Mundy holding a basketball above his head with both hands].

[Basketball, Englewood High School, spectators standing on a gymnasium balcony, a basketball is hitting the backboard below them].

[Loyola University basketball player Mike Waesco looking up at a basketball that is bouncing on the backboard].

State Prison exercise yard / photo by Harry M. Rhoads.


Congrats to the winners!!