Two weeks later Life Magazine ran a photo story of the game …. He hadn't even left the floor. He was simply the first to use the new shot to reach such high-scoring exploits. That's as incredible as it is important to the evolution of the sport. He has lived long enough to see his beloved wife of 59 years, along with two of their three children, pass away.
They liked to inven … t risky and sometimes crazy activities. I recall one player in particular from that Coliseum era — Kenny Sailors. This was in the very early days of pro basketball. I mean, I'm a human being, just like everybody else. An indoor arena, the Coliseum, could hold 4,500 people. Glenn refined his new shooting style in high school and by the time he graduated he had led Christopher Gist High School to two state championships and one undefeated season going 35-0 in 1931.
In three seasons in the B. His name was Al Kaline now in the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame. Kaline was just so poetic that evening, that my memory of his taking and making that shot has stayed with me all of these years. He didn't waste one second of his life. Season Team Wins Losses Win % Kansas 7 4. Then, in the 1930s and 1940s, players began to look for new ways to improve shooting.
But one thing that has stood the test of time is God. He was about six inches taller, too. Sailors was born in 1921, in Bushnell, Nebraska, out on the great wind-swept plains of middle America. The Roberts clan also competed in an annual hardwood event touted as the National Family Basketball Tournament. These numbers let basketball insiders know that the jump shot was the real deal. And fans just enjoyed that more.
Naismith lived to see basketball adopted as an Olympic demonstration sport in and as an official event at the in , as well as the birth of the 1938 and the 1939. The 1930s were the trying years of the Great Depression. Stefka Kostadinova Bulgaria has held the women's world record 2. The Cowboys became a force in relatively short order, and from the start it was clear that Sailors, a shooting and dribbling ace, was a player ahead of his time, old newsreel footage depicting a wiry little man operating on fast-forward while everyone else played to the paint-drying pace of the day. Like he list reasons as to who invented the jump shot, but basically goes off on a tangent for the rest of the story.
Back in the late 40s and early 50s, I would occasionally attend pro basketball games at the Coliseum on Monroe Street in Northwest Baltimore, near Pennsylvania Avenue. Basketball Hall of Fame coach Pete Newell claims that Gonzalez was the first jump shooter on the West Coast. Boasting five All-Americas in its lineup, Akron was touted as one of the best and strongest teams in the country according to news reports at the time. Later, he would play for the Bullets. All told, Krause and Christgau have devoted nearly 15 years of combined research to finding the original modern jump shooter, with the operative word being modern.
Today, we know this shot as the jump shot. About The Hall The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is home to more than three hundred inductees and more than 40,000 square feet of basketball history. But back then, in both college and pro basketball, it was a rarity. Glenn scored 1,531 career points, a national record at the time, against college teams. But Kenny's shot is the shot we see today. From then, the shot put was invented. Big schools like Tennessee and Virginia Tech and of course the smaller schools like the aforementioned Union College.
One shot by Kenny Sailors … remains historic … He had stolen a pass and then raced down the left side of the floor … At the top of the key, he cut to his right and then stopped suddenly and jumped. Suddenly that picture was spreading around the country like wildfire. Days afterwards, Wyoming honoured Sailors with a half-time ceremony during a game against Colorado. Every year this event attracts hundreds of participants and involves over 20 half court games along the main street of the town. Kaline was just so poetic that evening, that my memory of his taking and making that shot has stayed with me all of these years. Chances are, you're also not from Wyoming, particularly Laramie, where Sailors, the man most widely credited as the inventor of the modern jump shot, is something of a folk hero.
I remember the first time I did it, Bud said to me, 'Kenny, that's a pretty good shot. Basically any light gun with a small caliber or low recoil can be one handed. Over the centuries since, competitors have introduced increasingly more effective techniques to arrive at the current form. This was life in Pound for the Roberts boys. The two became friends in 2004, and since that time Schrage has poured over Kenny's story, tirelessly researching and documenting nearly a century's worth of information. . Players shoot fade-away jumpers, off-balance jumpers, baseline jumpers, turnaround jumpers, jumpers off screens - all with pinpoint accuracy.
Firstly, he analyzed the most popular games of those times , , , , , and ; Naismith noticed the hazards of a ball and concluded that the big soft soccer ball was safest. A 6-4 post player, Roberts usually took the shot within five feet of the basket. They ended up in a free-for-all in the middle of the gym floor. An older sister, Gladys, had married and left home. I ran right up to him and jumped straight out of the dribble, and I shot it one-handed, because I found that I could get more height that way.