Springfield, the third-largest city in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, is located on the eastern bank of the Connecticut River. It has an estimated population of about 154,000 residents. Springfield, MA is only one of 33 other settlements in the U.S. with the same name, according to the USBGN
. However, it is the most populated one. Springfield is famous for many things and, in accordance with that fact, it has many nicknames. One of them is „Hoop City
“, thanks to the fact that one the most popular sports in human history - basketball - was invented in 1891 right here in Springfield, by James Naismith, who was back then a teacher at the local YMCA Training School.