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Asked by: jnl1-ga
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12 Nov 2003 10:01 PST
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Question ID: 275108
Who invented the square target on the basketball backboard ?
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From: answerfinder-ga on 13 Nov 2003 03:55 PST
Dear jnl1-ga I was unable to find the answer for your question but the following may be of interest. "The next significant development in basketball history occurred in 1893 when both the hoop and backboard were invented. The first hoops were actually formed out of chicken wire and were developed because the peach baskets did not have an opening for the ball to fall through. Backboards were also created at this point in basketball history in order to keep spectators in the balcony from interfering with game play. The first backboards in the history of basketball were also made out of chicken wire, which the players would utilize to guide the ball into the basket. Wooden backboards became mandatory in 1904, and glass backboards were admissible by 1909." http://www.casinoarticles.com/pub/sports_basketball_history.html "1947 - Rectangular target required on backboard"(I was unable to confirm this date). http://www.girard248.org/athletics/Basketball.History.html NCAA Offcial Basketball Records Book discusses various aspects of the history of the game. http://www.ncaa.org/library/records/m_basketball_records_book/2003/p237-244.pdf answerfinder-ga
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