William Chase: The Man Who Made Basketball’s First-Ever Basket

A portrait of William R. Chase, basketball’s first pure shooter. (Courtesy of Springfield College, Archives and Special Collections)
Basketball’s first-ever basket.

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Writer in New York City. Author of Rise and Fire: The Origins, Science, and Evolution of the Jump Shot — And How It Transformed Basketball Forever.

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Writer in New York City. Author of Rise and Fire: The Origins, Science, and Evolution of the Jump Shot — And How It Transformed Basketball Forever.

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