Bread City Basketball

The First Point

This guy, William R. Chase, scored the first point ever in the history of basketball. It was about 15 minutes after James Naismith nailed up two peach baskets in a YMCA in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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Comment by isaiah daniels

This is my wifes Grandfather!! Pretty cool.

Comment by jay weil

Thanks for writing Jay, that is awesome!

Comment by Jake

Any further details regarding William Chase. I am particularly interested by the comment above that “This is my wifes Grandfather” I believe he was from New Bedford, Massachusetts.

Comment by jIM nELSON

I have a photo from Basketball Digest in the 1940’s of Mr. Chase when he visited the Huntington YMCA for the Y’s basketball championships. I would be interested in more information on Mr. Chase from Jay. I can be reached at

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