Hoop Genius: How a Desperate Teacher and a Rowdy Gym Class Invented Basketball by John Coy and Joe Morse. Necessity is the mother of invention, and a teacher is the father, setting up two peach baskets, a soccer ball and a place in history. The endpapers with the original basketball rules are a bonus! Recommended by The PlanetEsme Plan. Link for information, please support your local independent bookseller.