“THE HOOSIER GAME” Author, Dr. James L. Brennemer
On Friday, March 16, 1894 members of the YMCA at Lafayette, Indiana, traveled to nearby Crawfordsville to challenge their counterparts in a new game invented two years earlier by Dr. James Naismith. He called it “basket-ball”. It was the first contest played outside the state of Massachusetts. Avoiding the pot-bellied stove in the middle of the gymnasium floor, the teams engaged in a spirited competition. The Crawfordsville Y won, 45-21. Hoosier Hysteria was born. The impact of the game of basketball on the culture of Indiana has been profound, affecting the customs, social institutions, and the attitudes and behaviors of the people of this uniquely Midwestern state.