Naismith Basketball Hall Of Fame

Our first stop was the museum. Dedicated to James Naismith, who invented the sport in Springfield. The Hall of Fame was opened and inducted its first class in 1959. They have inducted over 400 basketball individuals. There are coaches, players, referees, contributors, and teams inducted. Penny Marshall (Lavern and Shirley) is a big basketball fan and has contributed several items.

Outside of building

In the lobby, they had some of the more notable players’ game uniforms, shoes, basketballs, and some trophies.

They also had an imprint of their shoes.

Shaquille O’Neal
Size 22
Michael Jordan
Size 13

As we walked into the museum, this quote from Wilt Chamberlain says it all. “They say nobody is perfect. Then they tell you practice makes perfect. I wish they would make up their minds!” Great Quote.

Next, you could size up to Muggsy Bogues at 5’ 3”. Look at Missy towering over Muggsy. Missy’s response was “ I could of played”.

The tour starts on the third floor overlooking the court. You got to shoot hoops on the court at the end of the tour. They also had a peach basket to shoot on. Pretty cool!

There were a lot of jerseys. Below are some of the players I was looking for.

Michael Jordan
Dr. J
Meadowlark Lemon
Lorenzo Charles
1983 NC State

There were a lot of films on players, memorabilia, and trophies.

College trophies above, to the best of each position. Pretty cool trophies named after a player.

The basketball hall of fame museum was about all of basketball, men, women, NBA, College, and a few other leagues. It included basketball’s biggest fans, coaches, and referees.

Missy wasn’t excited about going, but afterward, she said she enjoyed it more than the baseball. I had told her it would be good.

I got to hold the NBA trophy.

As well as try my hand at being an ESPN Sportscenter announcer.

My first experience with reading a teleprompter.

I finally got to hang out with my buddy Shaq!

We both enjoyed our visit, I only have the Football Hall of Fame left to visit.


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