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Ed Steitz, Father Of Three, Changed Basketball Landscape From Backyard In Massachusetts

Ed Steitz, Father Of Three, Changed Basketball Landscape From Backyard In Massachusetts

The backyard court stands near Mapleshade Elementary School in East Longmeadow, Mass., awaiting the biggest snowstorm of the winter to cover its three-point arc.

If you headed north five miles, to the corner of State and Sherman in Springfield, you would find the site of the first basketball game. The gymnasium is gone now. So is the building. So is the name. Springfield College was known as the International YMCA Training School in December 1891 when James Naismith attached a peach basket to the wall and forever changed our American winters.

There is a monument in front of the Mason Square library nearby to celebrate the birth of the game. Five miles to the south and three...

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