Debate still continues as to who invented the jump shot. In Lawrence, Kansas, James Naismith has a road named in his honor, Naismith Drive, which runs in front of the official address of Allen Fieldhouse is 1651 Naismith Drive , the university's basketball facility. That year he married Marilynne Corbin, a cheerleader nicknamed Bokie, and then enlisted in the Marines and served in the South Pacific, where Bud was flying B-25 bombers. Kenny became a champion miler and long jumper and a basketball star at Laramie High School, building leg power that would eventually give him, by his measure, a 36-inch vertical lift — an invaluable asset for a 5-foot-10 point guard. She contacted this, uh— what do you call it— dementia and, uh, gradually, you lose your memory of things way back. Jackson worked with Roberts on playing the pivot position with his back to the basket. And even though Kenny Sailors wasn't too concerned about whether he'd get in, Jacob Hamilton says he knows that his friend will be smiling down on the announcement, should his name be called.
But he'll certainly tell you who can tell you. There were so many moving parts -- the two-foot takeoff, the squaring of the shoulders, the shooting elbow rising tightly against his ribs to a high, soft release. The original rules of basketball written by James Naismith in 1891, considered to be basketball's founding document, was auctioned at Sotheby's, New York in December, 2010. He also played for the semi-pro Akron Firestones. As the reports, Naismith was also neither interested in self-promotion nor in the glory of competitive sports. The Roberts boys were all strapping young lads, perhaps the result of years spent working on the family farm. If anyone can be said to have immortalised Sailors, it is the Life magazine photographer Eric Schaal.
Sailors was born in 1921, in Bushnell, Nebraska, out on the great wind-swept plains of middle America. In order to compensate for his height disadvantage, Sailors learned to jump straight in the air and release a then unheard of one-handed shot from above his head. Bud and I'd go out there and play around. He didn't waste one second of his life. Back in the late 40s and early 50s, I would occasionally attend pro basketball games at the Coliseum on Monroe Street in Northwest Baltimore, near Pennsylvania Avenue.
He couldn't stop my dribble, and I'd dribble up to him and then jump. Basketball eminences have also given Sailors their vote. Still the Roberts family was no pushover when basketball was on the agenda. By starting to jump as high in the air as I could after recovering the ball and releasing the ball after jumping out of reach of the others I started to get the ball to the basket consistently and before long I even succeeded in making some baskets without depending entirely on luck. Stefka Kostadinova Bulgaria has held the women's world record 2. While all attempts are made to ensure the correctness and suitability of information under our control and to correct any errors brought to our attention, no representation or guarantee can be made as to the accessibility, correctness or suitability of information provided by any hyperlinked site or any other linked information accessed through the Basketball Hall of Fame website but not under its control.
Every year this event attracts hundreds of participants and involves over 20 half court games along the main street of the town. Watch the latest BallTalk for the best chat, banter and analysis. He won't tell you Kenny was the first modern jump shooter. He says it's a crime that Sailors isn't in the Hall of Fame. Naismith was not initially hired to coach basketball, but rather as a chapel director and physical education instructor.
Since a defender must leap to block a jumper, the shooter may use a to get the defender in the air at the wrong time and so have a clear shot. The press quickly reported on their wild activities. This was back in the early 50s. Before his five years pro career, with seven different teams, Sailors played his college ball out west close to his home roots — in Laramie — with the University of Wyoming. He was a well-rounded student-athlete earning varsity letters in basketball and making the Honor Roll all four years.
He was also a two-time college All-American. But I know I belong to the greatest Hall of Fame that any man or woman can ever belong to. So there were probably a number of 'first' shooters in different areas, and I wanted to talk to the people who knew those areas best. He was a member of the and fraternities. But back then, in both college and pro basketball, it was a rarity.
The moment came on a hot May day in 1934. In one game against Union College of Kentucky, Roberts tallied 38 points. During the Olympics, he was named the honorary president of the. Marines from 1943 to 1945. But even better than all that for Glenn Roberts — tiny Emory had an indoor gymnasium. Just take it and run with it.
You know, who would possibly know? Glenn operated down low in games and scored most of his points on jump shots from 5 feet in. Basketball was, uh, was just about my whole life when I was growing up. The rest as they say is history. But Kenny's shot is the shot we see today. Naismith was a founder of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity at the University of Kansas.
He played centre on the football team, and made himself some padding to protect his ears. It became his trademark at Princeton University during the early 1940s. But when he got there, he found out that not everyone was mesmerized. But Kenny's shot is the shot we see today. We're talking family trees, military records, old newspaper clippings, box scores, stats, awards, photos, quotes -- and it's all meticulously catalogued, every source cited, every story confirmed two, three, four different ways. The game in those days was a lot slower than it is today. He later attended his home state University of Arkansas and led the Razorbacks to the Final Four in 1941.