Original basketball rules are for sale [Updated]
A physical education instructor named James Naismith invented the game of basketball 119 years ago as a winter activity for a YMCA in Springfield, Mass.
He conjured up 13 rules, typed them out and scribbled some handwritten notes on the document. There were to be nine players on each team, a soccer ball instead of a basketball and peach baskets as hoops.
The papers are being sold Friday at a New York City auction. The presale estimate is $2 million. [Updated at 11:58 a.m.: The Naismith Rules have been sold for $4.3 million.]
The auction proceeds will go toward the Naismith International Basketball Foundation, an organization that provides scholarships and services to underprivileged children around the world.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Photo: The two pages used by James Naismith to write the first basketball rules. Credit: Bebeto Matthews / Associated Press.