Wednesday March 11th, 2015

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The Illinois High School Association recently discovered some of the oldest known footage of basketball games, found in former IHSA employee, and Basketball Hall of Fame member, H.V. Porter's summer home.


The video shows a much different game than we recognize today, with no half-court line, a drastically different shape of the free-throw lane and a lot of dependence on half-court shots, even though the three-point line had yet to be invented.

With no shot clocks, the offenses were also much more deliberate, with Morton High passing the ball 32 times on one possession before firing up a 40-foot shot that would drive any modern coach insane.

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The films come from the original "March Madness," which was first associated with the Illinois high school state basketball tournament. 

Be sure to stick around long enough to catch the Thornton sophomore and baseball Hall of Famer Lou Boudreau lead his team to the state championship.

The tape also features a look at the ticker tape parade thrown for the Chicago Cubs when they won the 1932 pennant.

An unedited 90-minute version of the tapes is also available online and can be seen here.

Brendan Maloy

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