Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Remembering Ben Bluitt

During the 1974-1975 season, Ben Bluitt became the first black coach in Cornell basketball history. One year earlier, Tom Sanders was hired at Harvard to be the first black coach in Ivy League history. At the time, there were fewer than a dozen black head basketball coaches in Division I.

Below, the April 24, 1974 issue of the Cornell Daily Sun announces Bluitt's hiring.


3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, his name said everything you need to know about the program during his tenure.

harry '59 said...

I was at the 1948 NIT Final at Madison Square Garden. San Francisco v. Loyola of Chicago.San Francisco, led by Don Lofgren and coached by Pete Newell, won 48-47. Loyola was way behind, but cut USF's long lead to one. Ben Bluitt, rebounded a missed shot, but missed an easy put back at the buzzer. The man (Iwas 11) sitting next to me said, "Bluitt blew it". That could also describe his career as Cornell's coach.

harry '59 said...

I was at the 1948 NIT Final at Madison Square Garden. San Francisco v. Loyola of Chicago.San Francisco, led by Don Lofgren and coached by Pete Newell, won 48-47. Loyola was way behind, but cut USF's long lead to one. Ben Bluitt, rebounded a missed shot, but missed an easy put back at the buzzer. The man (Iwas 11) sitting next to me said, "Bluitt blew it". That could also describe his career as Cornell's coach.