Profile: Chris Lamb
Prof. of Journalism
Chris Lamb, Ph.D., joined Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis in January 2013.
He is the author/editor of seven books, including Conspiracy of Silence: Sportswriters and the Long Campaign to Desegregate Baseball (2012) and Blackout: The Untold Story of Jackie Robinson's First Spring Training (2004).
His next book is Jack Johnson to LeBron James: Race, Politics and the Media (University of Nebraska Press, January 2016).
Before becoming a college professor, he worked for newspapers and magazines for ten years. Since becoming a professor, his articles and columns have appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Sports Illustrated, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Huffington Post, etc. His research articles have appeared in Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, Journal of American History, Journalism History, and other scholarly journals. He has twice been a Pulitzer Prize judge in the category of editorial cartooning.
NoteStreams By Chris Lamb
Much has been written about Robinson’s first game in the major leagues for the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947. Far less is known about the spring of 1946, when the ballplayer was competing for a spot on the Dodgers' top farm club. Rarely has an athlete found himself under more pressure in such hostile conditions as Robinson did in Florida.
Major league baseball (MLB) prohibited blacks until after World War II. White sportswriters knew about talented black players who were good enough for the major leagues, but said nothing, participating in what black sportswriters called a “conspiracy of silence.”