Soccer ball was first used in basketball


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.


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