Blackout: The Untold Story of Jackie Robinson's First Spring Training

Blackout: The Untold Story of Jackie Robinson's First Spring Training

by Chris Lamb
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Blackout: The Untold Story of Jackie Robinson's First Spring Training by Chris Lamb

In the spring of 1946, following the defeat of Hitler's Germany, America found itself still struggling with the subtler but no less insidious tyrannies of racism and segregation at home. In the midst of it all, Jackie Robinson, a full year away from breaking major league baseball's color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers, was undergoing a harrowing dress rehearsal for integration-his first spring training as a minor league prospect with the Montreal Royals, Brooklyn's AAA team. In Blackout, Chris Lamb tells what happened during these six weeks in segregated Florida-six weeks that would become a critical juncture for the national pastime and for an American society on the threshold of a civil rights revolution.

Blackout chronicles Robinson's tremendous ordeal during that crucial spring training-how he struggled on the field and off. The restaurants and hotels that welcomed his white teammates were closed to him, and in one city after another he was prohibited from taking the field. Steeping his story in its complex cultural context, Lamb describes Robinson's determination and anxiety, the reaction of the black and white communities to his appearance, and the unique and influential role of the press-mainstream reporting, the alternative black weeklies, and the Communist Daily Worker-in the integration of baseball. Told here in detail for the first time, this story brilliantly encapsulates the larger history of a man, a sport, and a nation on the verge of great and enduring change.

Chris Lamb is an associate professor of media studies at the College of Charleston.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780803280472
Publisher: UNP - Bison Books
Publication date: 03/01/2006
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 233
Product dimensions: 5.75(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.53(d)

About the Author


Chris Lamb is a professor of journalism at the Indiana University School of Journalism, Indianapolis.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Many books and articles with much better research on this subject were published previous to this book. This book fails to uncover any new significant information. It is very disappointing. This is not an untold story, but a retold story of previously published information.