January 14, 1906

The University of Missouri played its very first basketball game defeating Central Methodist. The overall record that year was 10-6 including two wins over Kansas.

TRIVIA: Teams at Mizzou have always been called the Tigers. They were named for a Civil War Militia unit based in Columbia. However, in the early years, the teams’ colors were crimson

This post was contributed by Ross Malone. A historian and a retired schoolteacher, Ross has authored many books about Missouri’s history, weird facts, and folk tales. He has also written children’s historical fiction. Visit his website, and buy his books in the Missouri Life store.

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