1896 Chicago Vs. Iowa Men's Basketball Game
1896 Chicago vs. Iowa game
"First modern college basketball game"
Exhibition Game
1 Total
Chicago 15 15
Iowa 12 12
Date Saturday, January 18, 1896
Arena Close Hall[1]
Location Iowa City, Iowa
Attendance ~500

The 1896 Chicago vs. Iowa men's basketball game was the first five-on-five college basketball game played in United States history.[2] Although the sport had been first played in 1892, seven to nine players had been used on a side. At the urging of the University of Chicago's head football coach, Amos Alonzo Stagg, Chicago's men's club team traveled to Iowa City, Iowa, to play the University of Iowa on January 18, 1896, in an experimental game.[3] The match was played in Close Hall, and due to seating capacity constraints, only approximately 500 people were able to watch.[2] Iowa physical education teacher Dr. Henry F. Kallenberg reduced the teams to five players on a side, and the modern version of basketball was born.[2] Kallenberg came to Iowa from Springfield College, where he was a classmate of Dr. James Naismith.[4] Chicago won, 15-12, to secure modern college basketball's first-ever win.[1][2]

References

  1. ^ a b Hawkeye Legends, Lists, & Lore by Mike Finn, Chad Leistikow, Sports Publishing, Inc., Champaign, IL, 1998, p. 3
  2. ^ a b c d "The Game That Developed". Big Ten Men's Basketball History. Big Ten Conference. Retrieved 2014. 
  3. ^ "James Naismith". Robinson Library. February 18, 2014. Retrieved 2014. 
  4. ^ Hawkeye Legends, Lists, & Lore by Mike Finn, Chad Leistikow, Sports Publishing, Inc., Champaign, IL, 1998, p. 2

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