December 21, 1891
The first game of basketball ever played took place in the Mason Square district of Springfield.
The first basketball court: Springfield College
The city of Springfield is known worldwide as the birthplace of the sport of basketball. In 1891, James Naismith, a theology graduate, invented the sport of basketball at the YMCA International Training School – now known as Springfield College – to fill-in the gap between the football and baseball seasons.