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Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act Signed Into Law

Thursday, January 24, 2019

 

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act signed into law

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act has been signed into law.

The bill, introduced by Senator Elizabeth Warren and Senator John McCain, authorizes the Treasury Department to mint a limited number of commemorative coins in 2020, at no cost to the taxpayer, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield.

"The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame ensures that we honor the history of the game of basketball. Minting these commemorative coins to celebrate the Hall's 60th anniversary will allow this legendary institution to strengthen investments in educational programs that include and transcend basketball. I'm proud to have partnered with Congressman Neal and the late Senator McCain on this bipartisan bill, and I am grateful to the Hall for its dedication to growing the sport across America and the world and for making Springfield, Massachusetts an epicenter for learning about the history of basketball,” said Warren.

The bill, which passed both houses of Congress unanimously, was signed into law by President Trump on December 21, 2018.

"The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is honored to have received unanimous approval from Congress to introduce a series of commemorative coins in 2020 that celebrate the great game of basketball invented in Springfield, Massachusetts by Dr. James Naismith. The game has rapidly spread across the globe and is played at all levels by men and women, and boys and girls around the world. It is a sport that offers significant opportunities to those who play and vast enjoyment for those who are fans. It is a common language that unites us all in the beauty of the game," said John Doleva, President of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Inc.

Basketball Hall of Fame

Founded in 1959 and named after the founder and creator of basketball, Dr. James Naismith, the Basketball of Hall of Fame is home to one of the largest collections of basketball memorabilia in the world - including over 30,000 three-dimensional objects, 800,000 photographs, and more than one million documents. 

The Hall has welcomed over six million visitors to learn the history and traditions of the game through stories and artifacts and connects with over seven million Americans per year through various programs and events. 

The education programs conducted by the Hall teach young people important subjects that apply beyond the basketball court, including financial literacy, math, civil rights, leadership, and geography.

 

Related Slideshow: 10 Biggest Games in Holy Cross Basketball History

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March 1, 1975

Holy Cross vs Army - The final game at the Worcester Auditorium

Holy Cross beat Army 89-73 in the final game at the Worcester Auditorium. 

The Crusaders were coached by George Blaney and went 229-64 in the building all-time. 

PHOTO: Tunnelbug/flickr

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9.

Feb, 14, 2001 

Holy Cross vs Navy 

Holy Cross clinches the programs first ever Patriot League Regular season title beating Navy 77-67 on the road. 

Josh Sankes led Holy Cross that season. 

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8.

March 9, 2001

Holy Cross vs. Navy - Patriot League Championship

Holy Cross beats Navy 68-64 in overtime to win the Patriot League Championship. 

Ralph Willard was the head coach.

PHOTO: College Hoop Hits

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7.

March 9, 2007

Bucknell vs Holy Cross - Patriot League Championship 

The Crusaders hosted the Patriot League Championship game at the Hart Center and defeated Bucknell 74-66.

Keith Simmons led Holy Cross in the game.

PHOTO: Wikipedia 

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March 10, 1993 

Holy Cross vs Bucknell - Patriot League Championship 

The Crusaders won their first Patriot league title beating Bucknell 98-73.

Rob Feaster was named tournament MVP after pouring in 66 points and recording 9 steals in three games. 

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March 5, 1977 

Holy Cross vs. #8 Providence in ECAC Championship 

Holy Cross defeated Providence 68-67 on a buzzer beater by Chris Potter to win ECAC Championship and advance to NCAA Tournament for first time in 21 years. 

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Feb 17, 1990

Holy Cross vs. Army MAAC North Championship game

Holy Cross rolled Army 86-68 and clinched the MAAC North title.

The title was the program's first conference championship. 

Dwight Pernell led Holy Cross with 22 points in the game. 

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March 13,1977

 Holy Cross vs Michigan in NCAA Tournament

The game marked Holy Cross' first NCAA Tournament appearance in 21 seasons. 

After leading 72-70 with less than 5 minutes to play, the Crusaders fell 92-81. 

Holy Cross was led that season by Ronnie Perry, however, he was injured for this game. 

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March 13,1954  

Holy Cross vs Duquesne - NIT Championship game

Holy Cross won the NIT Championship game 71-62 over Duquesne. 

The Crusaders were led by Togo Palazzi who was named MVP of the tournament.

Palazzi went as the number one pick in the NBA Draft to the Boston Celtics a couple of months later.

PHOTO: Goholycross.com

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March 20, 1948

Holy Cross vs Kentucky in National Semifinal 

Led by Bob Cousy, the Crusaders had won 20 straight games coming into the national semifinal against Kentucky. 

Holy Cross lost to kentucky 60-52 

 
 

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