S. Chandler Lighty is program manager for newspaper digitization at the Indiana State Library. He was formerly an assistant editor with the Papers of Abraham Lincoln. As a native Hoosier, trained historian, and as someone who stands 6’7″ tall, he has long been captivated by basketball, and is interested in researching and writing about the early years (1892-1936) of the sport in Indiana.
Lighty earned a BA and MA in history. He has worked many years as a public historian, mostly in Crawfordsville, Indiana museums. In December 2014, the Indiana Magazine of History published his article “James Naismith Didn’t Sleep Here: A Re-examination of Indiana Basketball’s Origins.” He has written numerous newspaper articles about Montgomery County, Indiana history, and several book reviews for academic journals. He authored a history of the Crawfordsville High School basketball team that won the first Indiana championship in 1911. He has given public presentations on the Wingate teams that won back-to-back titles in 1913 and 1914, Thorntown’s 1915 championship season, and the effects of the Great War (World War I) and the Great Pandemic upon Indiana sports. He lives in Irvington with his wife and son.