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Naismith items bound for his native Canada

TORONTO -- James Naismith, the Canadian who invented
basketball, amassed a treasure trove of memorabilia, and it's
headed back to Canada 67 years after his death.

Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment has purchased the best
pieces, 25 in all, from a collection put up for auction this month
by his family.

A passport used by Naismith to travel in 1936 to Berlin, where
basketball was played for the first time as an Olympic sport, went
for $20,315.

Other items purchased by MLSE from a Dallas auction house
include handwritten documents pertaining to the invention of
basketball -- the sport's "Book of Genesis" -- personal photographs
and handwritten plays.

Naismith became an American citizen in 1925 and he died in 1939
in Kansas of a cerebral hemorrhage. He was inducted into Canada's
Sports Hall of Fame in 1955.

"We're grateful to Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment for
supporting the hall's efforts to preserve and celebrate the sports
history of our nation," Hall CEO Sheryn Posen said in a statement.
"This is a significant collection of artifacts that highlight the
life of one of Canada's most legendary sports figures."