National Geographic : 1936 Nov
© National Geographic Society Painting by H.M. Herget MAYA YOUTHS MANY CENTURIES AGO PLAYED A GAME THAT SUGGESTS BOTH SOCCER AND BASKETBALL Six courts have been found at Chichen Itza, the largest 490 feet long and 100 feet wide, with two sidewalls 27feet high. The players, using only their elbows, knees, and hips, tried to drive the solid rubber ball through a stone ring. At the winning stroke all the spectators took totheir heels, for ancient custom decreed that the lucky player should receive all their clothing and jewelry. They were hotlypursued bythe player's friends.