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The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, located in downtown Springfield, Massachusetts, honors players who have shown exceptional skill at basketball, all-time great coaches, referees, and other major contributors to the game. It is separate from the Naismith Museum & Basketball Hall of Fame in Almonte, Ontario. Six entire teams have been inducted—Naismith's First Team, the Buffalo Germans, the New York Renaissance, the Original Celtics, the Harlem Globetrotters, and most recently the 1966 Texas Western team.[1] The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame's mission preserves and promotes the game at all levels and serves as basketball's ultimate library of history. Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The Womens Basketball Hall of Fame honors men and women who have contributed to the sport of womens basketball. ... James Naismith James A. Naismith (November 6, 1861 – November 28, 1939) was the inventor of the sport of basketball and the first to introduce the use of a helmet in American football. ... Nickname: Location in Hampden County in Massachusetts Coordinates: , Country State County Hampden Settled 1636 Incorporated 1852 Government  - Type Mayor-council city  - Mayor Domenic J Sarno (D) Area  - City 33. ... This article is about the sport. ... This article is about refereeing in sports. ... Old Post Office, Almonte The former town of Almonte (pronounced al-mont as opposed to the original Spanish pronunciation of al-mon-tay) , in Ontario, Canada, is now a ward of the town of Mississippi Mills, created on January 1, 1998 by the merging of Almonte with Ramsay and Pakenham... The First Team were the first players known to have played the sport of basketball, having been taught the game in 1891 by James Naismith, who is recognized as the inventor of the sport. ... The Buffalo Germans was a early basketball team formed in 1895 at a YMCA on Buffalos East Side. ... The New York Renaissance, also known as the Rens, were an all-black professional basketball team founded in 1922, a few years before the Harlem Globetrotters. ... The Original Celtics, no relation to the equally famous Boston Celtics, were an outstanding barnstorming professional basketball team in the 1920s. ... For the animated television series, see Harlem Globetrotters (TV series). ... The 1966 NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Tournament involved 22 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of mens NCAA Division I college basketball. ... UTEP Miners athletics programs include the extramural and intramural sports teams of University of Texas at El Paso. ...

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The entrance to the former site of the Basketball Hall of Fame near downtown Springfield.
The entrance to the former site of the Basketball Hall of Fame near downtown Springfield.

It was established in 1959, with fundraising leading to an actual building opened to the public on February 17, 1968, at Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts, United States. In 1985 a new building off-campus was opened near downtown Springfield on the east bank of the Connecticut River. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 534 pixels Full resolution (1727 × 1152 pixel, file size: 315 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Basketball Hall of Fame ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 534 pixels Full resolution (1727 × 1152 pixel, file size: 315 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Basketball Hall of Fame ... Year 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 48th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Springfield College is a college located in Springfield, Massachusetts. ... Nickname: Location in Hampden County in Massachusetts Coordinates: , Country State County Hampden Settled 1636 Incorporated 1852 Government  - Type Mayor-council city  - Mayor Domenic J Sarno (D) Area  - City 33. ... This article is about the year. ... The Connecticut River as seen from the French King Bridge in western Massachusetts. ...


On September 28, 2002, the Hall of Fame found its third home in a new $45 million, 80,000 square foot (7,400 m²) shrine to the sport, located just south of the previous Hall of Fame. The facility's bolder architecture features a large, silver, semi-spherical structure (resembling a giant basketball) several stories high and a tall spire topped with an orange globe. The hall is surrounded by a shopping center of retail outlets (Adidas and HOF Gift Shop) and restaurants (Max's Tavern, Pazzo Ristorante, and McDonalds). The new Hall of Fame is much more user friendly and involves a far greater level of technology. It is divided into three floors: Honors Ring: Level looking over the entire museum in which all of the enshrined members have a photo and short display with artifacts representing them. Second Floor: includes such areas as the Players Gallery, Hooperactive Zone, Coaches Gallery, Broadcast Section, and College Section. This floor houses the majority of the artifacts as well as information on all different forms of the game as well as the invention by James Naismith. Center Court: A full-sized collegiate basketball court open to the public to take shots. There are a number of different hoops through the years in addition to a slam dunk area and a trivia challenge. is the 271st day of the year (272nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... USD redirects here. ...


Criteria for induction

Because the Hall—in contrast to the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the Baseball Hall of Fame—honors not only American professionals but also international professionals and American and international amateurs, it employs four screening committees to identify prospective nominees: one each for American candidates, female candidates, international candidates, and veterans candidates (players, coaches, or referees who have been retired at least 35 years prior to their being nominated). The Pro Football Hall of Fame is the hall of fame of the National Football League (NFL). ... Baseball Hall of Fame redirects here. ...


Individuals who receive at least five votes from a seven-member screening committee in a given year advance to an Honors Committee, composed of 12 members who vote on each candidate and rotating groups of 12 specialists (one group for female candidates, one group for international candidates, and one group for American and veterans candidates); any individual receiving at least 18 affirmative votes (75 percent of all votes cast) from the Honors Committee is approved for induction into the Hall of Fame. Advancement to the Honors Committee is generally pro forma, although the Hall's Board of Trustees may remove any candidate who "has damaged the integrity of the game of basketball" from consideration.[2]


To be considered for induction by a screening committee, a player must be fully retired from play for at least five years, while a coach or referee must be fully retired for at least five years or have been active full time in his/her respective craft on the professional, collegiate, of high school level for at least 25 years. No temporal criterion is enforced for the election of contributors, who must have made a "significant contribution to the game of basketball". Unlike the Baseball Hall of Fame, sportswriters and commentators in the Basketball Hall of Fame (such as Chick Hearn and, in September 2008, Dick Vitale) are full-fledged members. Francis Dayle Chick Hearn (November 27, 1916 - August 5, 2002) was an American sportscaster. ... Richard J. Dick Vitale (June 9, 1939, in Passaic, New Jersey) is a basketball broadcaster. ...


Controversy has arisen over many aspects of the Hall's voting procedures including the anonymity of the voters. The other major sports' Halls of Fame make the debate transparent and sportswriters and other voters openly debate their choices. Springfield has also been widely criticized for its tendency to enshrine active collegiate coaches and relatively obscure players, while there are highly notable omissions such as Guy Lewis[3] and Artis Gilmore.[4][5][6] Guy V. Lewis (born in Arp, Texas, United States of America, March 19, 1922) was a highly succesful NCAA basketball coach for 30 years at the University of Houston. ... Artis Gilmore (born September 21, 1948, in Chipley, Florida) is a former professional basketball player in the American Basketball Association (ABA) and National Basketball Association (NBA). ...


Inductees

After the induction of the Class of 2008, the Hall had honored 285 individuals. John Wooden, Lenny Wilkens, and Bill Sharman have each been inducted as both a player (Wooden in 1961, Sharman in 1976, and Wilkens in 1989) and a coach (Wooden in 1973, Wilkens in 1998, and Sharman in 2004).[7] John Robert Wooden (born October 14, 1910, in Hall, Indiana) is a retired American basketball coach. ... Lenny Wilkens with the Portland Trail Blazers Leonard Randolph Wilkens (born October 28, 1937, in Brooklyn, New York, USA) is a former National Basketball Association player, as well as the NBAs career leader in coaching wins and losses. ... William Walton Bill Sharman (born May 25, 1926 in Abilene, Texas) is a former professional basketball player and coach. ...


The Class of 2007 is the first class since 1968 not to include a player.[8]


Other Hall operations

In addition to its role in recognizing prior achievement in various basketball roles, the Hall also recognizes extant achievement in collegiate basketball in conjunction with the Final Four of each year's men's and women's Division I NCAA basketball tournaments. For men, the Hall presents the Bob Cousy Award to the top point guard from among players in Divisions I, II, and III. This award, given since 2004, is voted on by Bob Cousy, selected media members who cover basketball, selected college basketball coaches, fans, and selected sports information directors. The Hall also presents the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award to the female player under 68 inches in height and the male player under 72 inches in height who are determined to have been the nation's best student-athletes. The men's award, given since 1969, is voted on by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). The women's award, given since 1984, is voted on by members of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association. NCAA redirects here. ... The NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Championship is held each spring featuring 65 of the top college basketball teams in the United States. ... The Bob Cousy Award is an annual merit given to the top mens collegiate point guard. ... Bob Cousy Point guard (PG), also called the one or the ball-handler, is one of the standard positions in a regulation basketball game. ... Division I (or DI) is the highest level of intercollegiate athletics sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association in the United States. ... Division II (or DII) is an intermediate-level division of competition in the National Collegiate Athletic Association. ... Division III (or DIII) is a division of the National Collegiate Athletic Association of the United States. ... Robert Joseph Cousy (born August 9, 1928 in New York City, is an American former professional basketball player, who played point guard with the NBAs Boston Celtics from 1951 to 1963 and (briefly) with the Cincinnati Royals in the 1969-1970 season, being recognized as one of the greatest... The Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award in named in honor of James Naismiths daughter-in-law. ... Mid-19th century tool for converting between different standards of the inch An inch is an Imperial unit of length. ... Mid-19th century tool for converting between different standards of the inch An inch is an Imperial unit of length. ...


See also

This is a list of members of the Basketball Hall of Fame. ... The Womens Basketball Hall of Fame honors men and women who have contributed to the sport of womens basketball. ... FIBA Hall of Fame honors basketball players, coaches and administrators who have contributed to international competitive basketball. ...

References

  1. ^ hoophall.com, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announces seven members of the class of 2007, accessed February 16, 2008.
  2. ^ hoophall.com, Guidelines For Nomination and Election Into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, accessed February 16, 2008.
  3. ^ h-association.com, "A Hall of Fame Record", accessed March 5, 2008.
  4. ^ espn.com, "Hall of Fame still neglecting a few greats", accessed March 5, 2008.
  5. ^ remembertheaba.com, "It's Time for the A-Train to Make a Stop at the Hall", accessed March 5, 2008.
  6. ^ jacksonville.com, "Gilmore still waiting for his Hall pass", accessed March 5, 2008.
  7. ^ hoophall.com, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinees By Category, accessed February 16, 2008.
  8. ^ hoophall.com, Year By Year Enshrinees into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, accessed February 16, 2008.

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