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William G. Morgan

Born: Jan 23, 1870

Death: Dec 27, 1942

Birthplace: Lockport

Nationality: United States

William G. Morgan

Date of Birth : Jan 23, 1870
Date of Death : Dec 27, 1942
Birth Place : Lockport

William George Morgan was the inventor of volleyball, originally called "Mintonette". He was born in Lockport, New York, USA. Morgan was the eldest of his siblings. His parents were George Henry Morgan and Nancy Chatfield. He later married Mary King Caldwell and had 4 children. He met James Naismith, inventor of basketball, while Morgan was studying at Springfield College, Massachusetts in 1892. Like Naismith, Morgan pursued a career in Physical Education at the YMCA. Influenced by Naismith and basketball, in 1895, in Holyoke, Massachusetts, Morgan invented "Mintonette" a less vigorous team sport more suitable for older members of the YMCA but one that still required athletic skill. Later Alfred S. Halstead watched Mintonnette and renamed it "Volleyball" as the point of the game is to "volley" the "ball" back and forth over the net. He invented Mintonette on February 9, 1895.

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