Test Your Knowledge About the History of Basketball Who knew a soccer ball and a peach basket could go this far?

Dr. James Naismith, a Canadian physical education teacher, invented the game of basketball in 1891.

Naismith was looking to give students an indoor diversion during the cold New England winter, so he propped up a peach basket and grabbed a soccer ball. Before he knew it, he invented one of the world's most popular sports.

But what city, now known as the birthplace of basketball, did he invent the game?

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