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100 Years
Alexander Wolff
December 02, 1991
1891After the only goal scored in the original game in Springfield, Mass., the hall must be taken out of the peach basket, whose bottom is still intact.
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December 02, 1991

100 Years

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1891
After the only goal scored in the original game in Springfield, Mass., the hall must be taken out of the peach basket, whose bottom is still intact.

1896
Players on the Yale team first use the dribble in competition. The value of a field goal is doubled to two points; the free throw remains at one.

1897
The number of players on a team is reduced from nine to five, to unclog the court and encourage movement.

1911
To discourage the growing practice of fouling a player just as he is about to shoot, the two-shot rule is introduced for foul committed in the act of shooting.

1917
The Converse Rubber Co. introduces its All-Star basketball shoe. Several years later a former pro named Chuck Taylor will begin driving around the country giving clinics and selling "Connies" out of the trunk of his Cadillac.

1923
A new rule requires that free throws be shot by the player who has been fouled rather than by the team's most accurate free throw shooter.

1927
The Harlem Globetrotters' long history begins when five black players and Abe Saperstein, a 5'3" immigrant Jew, climb into a Model T Ford and drive 50 miles from Chicago to Hinckley, Ill., for a game.

1933
Kenny Sailors, growing up in Hillsdale, Wyo., discovers that he can shoot over his taller, older brother by jumping before letting fly.

1936
Another progenitor of the jump shot. Hank Luisetti of Stanford, brings his revolutionary running one-hander to Madison Square Garden and leads his team to a 45-31 victory that ends a 43-game Long Island University winning streak and forever alters the game.

1937
The center jump after each basket is eliminated.

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