Intercollegiate basketball began 120 years ago, sports coverage soon followed, and continues today with Dean Smith stories

Do you remember the final score of the first intercollegiate college basketball game?

On February 9, 1895, the Minnesota State School of Agriculture beat Hamline College, 9-3. The game of basketball had only been invented a few years before by James Naismith.

February 1895 also marked the beginning of intercollegiate basketball sports coverage.

Today, 120 years later, sports coverage continues with stories about one of the most historic figures in college basketball, former UNC coach Dean Smith.

Here are a few early examples from 1895:

Image-Page One SPDG 1895

The Saint Paul Daily Globe, February 25, 1895:


The Saint Paul Daily Globe, December 22, 1895:

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Within a few decades there would be newsreels in movie theaters about college basketball games, such as following footage from a 1939 game between New York College and the University of Oregon.

The newsreel also includes a game with Northwestern and St. Johns University.

After World War Two a new technology called television offered sports reporters yet another new way to cover the intercollegiate game that began back in the 1890s. Read more

from Poynter. http://ift.tt/1uvcBNW



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