60th Anniversary - Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

In December 1891, physical education teacher James Naismith invented basketball to give his students a way to burn off restless energy while winter weather kept them stuck inside the school gym. In 2020 Naismith's game is enjoyed by millions around the world, and the memorial hall of fame that bears his name celebrates its 60th anniversary.

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The Audacity of Hoop

The influence Barack Obama has had on basketball and vice versa, in essays and photographs

Ball Don't Lie!

Examining the nature, origin, and purpose of popular myths in basketball, past and present

A Century of Philadelphia Sports

An engaging history of sports in the Philadelphia area during the twentieth century


How a small kid in South Philly embarked on a journey that would take him around the world with the Harlem Globetrotters

James Naismith

The first definitive biography of basketball’s inventor

Men's College Athletics and the Politics of Racial Equality

Profiles of college athletes and teams that challenged the color line in America

The Mogul

The first full-length study of Eddie Gottlieb, a pioneering player, coach, owner, and entrepreneur in basketball and baseball

More Than a Game

Voices from Philadelphia's athletic community on what it's like being a Philadelphian and a fan, and on what makes a community work

Mr. All-Around

The first, definitive biography of La Salle basketball icon Tom Gola

Outside the Paint

Breaking out of Chinatown by shooting and dribbling

Palestra Pandemonium

A history of the most famous rivalries in college basketball, fought out in the shrine to the game

Phil Jasner "On the Case"

Three decades of reporting by renowned Philadelphia Hall of Fame sportswriter Phil Jasner

The Philly Fan's Code

An original and quirky take on Philadelphia legends and the meaning of “tough athlete”


The history of the South Philadelphia Hebrew Association's basketball team and the legends it spawned

Sport and Neoliberalism

How neoliberal politics appropriates sports for its own ends


How women gain respect as fans in the world of sports

Stan Hochman Unfiltered

50 years of classic columns from one of Philadelphia's most beloved sportswriters Read a blog entry by the author

Wheelchair Warrior

The remarkable story of a disabled man’s struggle to make a productive life for himself