Herkimer 9 Project
Why ‘Herkimer 9’?
According to the book ‘I Grew Up with Basketball’ written by Frank J. Basloe, ‘The Herkimer 9’ was the name of the first basketball team that played in the first basketball game in Herkimer on February 7, 1891. Lambert Will was the coach/player and developed many of the rules still used today. The first rim and net have also been traced back to Herkimer. Our goal is to revitalize this block back to 1891 and restore the buildings surrounding the historic four corners. The Court House will be converted into a museum to display all the evidence and artifacts regarding the early stages and evolution of basketball. We will also be building a basketball/sports field house to host tournaments and events.
If you are interested in purchasing the book “I Grew Up with Basketball”, written by Frank J. Basloe, click this link.