Ben Carnevale is the only Raritan guy in a Major Sports Hall of Fame
A pioneer in Basketball he coached at Navy and North Carolina
As a player he starred at New York University - playing in the 1st NIT Tournament in 1938
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NYU in the
1st NIT Tournament
in NCAA Final
for the 1968 Olympic
Basketball Hall of Fame
|Ben Carnevale was a Pioneer in Basketball. The game evolved as he played and coached.|
|1891||A YMCA Gym Teacher in Springfield, Mass., James Naismith, invents the game of Basketball|
|1915||Ben Carnevale is born in Raritan|
|1922||Mr. Carnevale sets up a basketball hoop on the side of his home at 31 Gaston Avenue in Raritan for his son Ben.|
|1930||The size of the basketball is reduced from 32 inches in diameter to 31 inches.|
|1932||The center line is introduced. Teams have 10 seconds to cross this line and once they do they cannot cross back over. Before this rule change teams could easily stall as they would be able to use the entire court to pass the ball around.|
|1934||The size of the basketball is again reduced from 31 inches in diameter to 30 inches.|
|1934||Ben Carnevale is the top scorer for Somerville High School. He leads them to a 9-5 record.|
|1935||Ben Carnevale plays on the Varsity team at New York University|
|1936||Basketball is for the first time an official sport in the Olympics. The U.S. wins the Gold in Berlin, Germany|
|1937||The "Jump Ball" after every basket is eliminated. The team that was scored upon now gets the ball.|
|1938||Ben Carnevale plays in the 1st NIT College Basketball Tournament. NYU wins the 1st game but loses in the semi-finals|
|1939||The 1st NCAA College Basketball Tournament is held. Eight teams make up the brackets.|
|1944||The "Goaltending" rule is introduced. Tall Defensive players can no longer swat at the ball as it is on the way downward toward the basket.|
|1944||Ben Carnevale Takes a job coaching Basketball at North Carolina at Chapel Hill.|
|1944||Unlimited Substitutions are introduced. Before a player could only re-enter the game twice.|
|1946||Ben Carnevale coaches North Carolina to the Finals of the NCAA Tournament.|
|1946||Ben Carnevale takes a new coaching job at Navy. A job that he would hold for 20 years|
|1948||Coaches are finally allowed to talk to players during a timeout.
Amazingly before this rule change during the game Coaches could only instruct their players at halftime.
|mid 1950s||The Basketball itself is made much firmer. This allows players to dribble the ball much easier.
This changes the game dramatically.
Previously, due to the difficulties in dribbling the ball, the main method of moving the ball around was passing.
|1966||Ben Carnevale takes the Athletic Director job at his alma mater New York University|
|1968||Ben Carnevale is the Manager of the 1968 Olympic Men's Basketball Team. The U.S. team would win the gold.|
|1972||Ben Carnevale resigns from NYU job to take the job as Athletic Director at William and Mary|
|1992||Ben Carnevale retires from the Athletic Director job at William and Mary|