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Wednesday, August 9, 2006

Paging Dr. Naismith

HUDSON

Boston may have Red Sox fever, but thanks to a group of elementary schoolers from Hudson, basketball is now the official sport of Massachusetts, staff writer Michael Levenson reports in today's City & Region Section.

Fourth graders from the Joseph P. Mulready School wrote to legislators, proposing a bill to make basketball the official state sport. Basketball was invented in Springfield in 1891 by an educator, Dr. James Naismith, and the city is still home to the national Basketball Hall of Fame.

Governor Mitt Romney made it happen yesterday, signing the bill as the students -- dressed in oversize Celtics jerseys -- looked on. They celebrated by chowing down on cake in the State House pressroom.

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