Sure it's a big deal to be elected to a hall of fame for your sport, but in the case of Dr. James Naismith (d.1939) the basketball Hall of Fame is actually named after him. Seeking to provide a safe indoor sport as a haven for Springfield, MA. YMCA members to escape the harsh winters of New England, Naismith invented the game of basketball in 1891. Fittingly the HOF bearing his name is located in the Massachusetts city where he created the sport and Naismith was inducted as a charter member in 1959.
Signed in the last year of his life, this 5-1/2 x 4-1/2" album page is an incredible piece of historically significant sports memorabilia. This ancient autograph sheet is graced with a prominent ("9") strength Naismith autograph that spans most of the page's width. This fantastic keepsake is hand-dated "1939" (the year of his passing) by the basketball originator and also features a personalized salutation and location "Lawrence, Kans." all in his hand. The handsome page is supple and clean with one unobtrusive vertical fold and it remains in excellent condition. Also included are a photo clipping suitable for framed display with the autograph page and a period newspaper clipping of Naismith's death notice titled "Death Claims Inventor of Basketball. Full photo LOA from JSA.