9. Raymond Pimlott Kaighn // Last Participant in the First Basketball GameThe 1800s were full of people inventing new sports, not all of which caught on. So James Naismith’s students were not too impressed when told they had to learn “another new game.” The 18 players of that first basketball game obviously had a steep learning curve, since the final score was only 1-0. But one of the participants, Raymond Kaighn, loved the game and was instrumental in organizing the first ever college game three years later. He stayed in sports his whole life, playing, coaching, and working for the YMCA. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame for his participation in that first game, and when he died in 1962 aged 92, he was the only one of the original 18 left.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
I Will Survive
A few years ago I noted how insane it was that a WWI veteran was still around & kicking (well, hopefully.) Here's a list of 15 Last Survivors of Historical Events, including, since this is NCCA tournament week, this guy:
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