Home Run for Bunny, a children’s book authored by Springfield College professor Richard Andersen, talks about a monument in Forest Park celebrating a boys junior baseball team’s stand against racism – and in support of its one African-American player, Ernest “Bunny” Taliaferro.

The team agreed to withdraw from an eastern sectional tournament in Gastonia, N.C. when they learned that Legion officials would not allow Taliaferro to play because he was black. This happened 80 years ago when racism was common yet these boys took a stand.