Morgan graduated from Springfield College (then the International YMCA Training School) in 1894 before beginning work as a physical director first at the Auburn, M.E. YMCA and then at the Holyoke YMCA in Holyoke, M.A. The picture was taken during a visit Morgan made to Springfield College in 1938, 42 years after the first game of volleyball debuted in the East Gymnasium on campus. William Morgan created the game of volleyball as an alternative to basketball for middle-aged business men who wanted to stay active but found basketball to be too strenuous. Originally called "mintonette", Morgan's game combined elements of both basketball and badminton. The first official public game debuted at a Physical Director's Conference at Springfield College in 1896 and took off from there. The name was changed to volleyball, upon the suggestion of Morgan's former professor Alfred T. Halstead, and an official rule book was created. Morgan left the YMCA in 1897 and began work with General Electric and Westinghouse. He died in 1942 at the age of 72.
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