First Game Ball
Dr. James Naismith invented the game of basketball in 1891, but the game didn’t get its own ball until three years later. Early basketball players used a soccer ball, which they threw into half-bushel peach baskets hung on opposite ends of the gym.
First Basketball Ball
Naismith called on A.G. Spalding & Bros. to come up with a ball specifically for the game of basketball in 1894, the NBA website says. The company created a leather ball held together with laces and weighing in at fewer than 20 oz. The first basketball had a circumference of 32 inches, which was four inches bigger than a soccer ball.