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Original Basketball Rules Displayed at University of Kansas

staff - May 14, 2016 6:16 am

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) – The University of Kansas has put James Naismith’s original rules of basketball on display at the new DeBruce Center, which was built to house the historical two-page document.

The 32,000-square-foot, $21.7 million DeBruce Center is the permanent home for “The Original 13 Rules of Basket Ball,” which Naismith wrote in 1891. The center opened earlier, but the Naismith document was installed Friday.

The installation includes a security system and humidity checks and is located in the Rules Gallery, a passageway between the DeBruce Center’s atrium and Allen Fieldhouse.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports the display also includes a 1939 radio interview of Naismith describing how he invented the game.

University of Kansas alumnus David Booth and his wife, Suzanne, bought the Naismith rules at auction in 2010 for $4.3 million.

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