Time: June 18, 2015 from 6pm to 9pm
Location: Old Sturbridge Village
Street: 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Website or Map: https://www.osv.org/event/spe…
Phone: (800) 733-1830
Event Type: lecture, baseball, freedom, week
Organized By: Michael Arnum
Latest Activity: Jun 9, 2015
6:00 pm — Reception with the Author
7:00 pm — Lecture Program
Richard Andersen, a professor of writing and literature at Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts, will be the first speaker in the 2015 Speaker Series at Old Sturbridge Village.
Andersen is the author of "A Home Run for Bunny," a book that tells the story of the 1934 American Legion All-Stars Baseball Team from Springfield, Massachusetts that faced racial prejudice in when they showed up in Gastonia, North Carolina for the Eastern Regionals. The team included Ernest "Bunny" Taliaferro, an African-American player. Organizers in North Carolina gave the team an ultimatum: play without your black teammate, or go home. The team members unanimously refused to play without their black member, and returned to Springfield.
It is a story of enduring triumph in an age when racial prejudice was commonplace in the South, and continues to inspire people today when facing injustice.
Tony King, the 1934 Captain of the Springfield American Legion team and now aged 97, said "How different it is today when we have [had] a black governor in Massachusetts and a black president as the head of our country. Sports were meant to bring people together, not separate them because of their color.
Copies of Mr. Andersen's book will be for sale at the event, and he will sign copies after the program. Light refreshments and a cash bar will be available.