Springfield, Massachusetts, lies on the banks of the Connecticut River, in the western part of the state. It is named for the city in England where William Pynchon, who founded the new city in 1636, was born. The city suffered considerable destruction during King Philip's War. Springfield became the national armory for the Continental Army during the War of Independence. Following the war, men from Western Massachusetts, led by Daniel Shays, attempted to seize the armory in what became known as Shays' Rebellion. The armory continued to produce Springfield rifles for the U.S. Army until it was closed in 1968. Source: https://www.u-s-history.com/pages/h2084.html
Springfield is also where Basketball was created by James Naismith in 1891. Naismith was a physical education professor at Springfield College. Basketball is the 2nd most popular sport in the United States behind Football.