Antedating of "Guard" (Basketball)

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Sat May 11 10:12:35 UTC 2013

guard (OED, 7.d. [Basketball], 1897)

1892 James Naismith in _Triangle_ (Springfield College newspaper) Jan. 7 (Springfield College digital archives)  It has been found advantageous to have a goal keeper, two guards, three center men, two wings, and a home man stationed in the above order from the goal.

Fred Shapiro

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