? ? ? On this site in 1896, was played the first professional basketball game. Fred Cooper, captain of the Trentons, had arranged for the rental of Masonic Temple Hall, after rent was paid, he distributed the remaining money among the players with each receiving $15.00 and Cooper, as captain, an extra dollar.Memorial Award
? ? ? The Trentons were also the first champions of the first professional basketball league, the National Basketball League, winning the championship in the first season, 1898-1899, and repeating their victory the following season.
? ? ? In recognition of Fred Cooper, the National Basketball Association presented a plaque to him, the wording of which appears below.
First Professional Basketball Player
Presented by National Basketball Association of America
February 28th, 1955