On 15 January, 1892, Naismith published his original list of thirteen rules in the Springfield College school newspaper, The Triangle. According to documents found after his death, these were inspired by a game he played as child called ‘duck on a rock’ and he was nervous about whether the game would catch on since he had previously introduced games that his students did not like.

As the series progressed the Reds unexpectedly gained the upper hand, which puzzled fans and raised suspicions that some members of the White Sox team had deliberately thrown the games in exchange for financial rewards from gamblers.