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On This Day in Sports History

Baseball legend Jackie Robinson officially became a Brooklyn Dodger when the team purchased his contract on this day in 1947. The trade from Montreal to New York broke the color barrier for the first time in major-league baseball history. Read about Robinson as an extraordinary man and exceptional athlete in these books, available at Bank Street Bookstore.


Clearly Cleary

In the days leading up to author Beverly Cleary's birthday on April 12, take the time to read (and re-read) some of the timeless tales by this living legend of children's literature. They provide reassuring glimpses of family life that resonate today -- and probably always will. Here are some favorites, all available at Bank Street Bookstore, or (212) 678-1654.

A Voice Still Rings 75 Years Later

Contralto Marian Anderson possessed one of the most beautiful voices of her day, but she was not allowed to perform in prestigious auditoriums in this country because in 1939, many of them were segregated. Anderson's most famous concert took place 75 years ago today on the National Mall in Washington, DC, because she was denied the right to sing at Constitution Hall.

After being turned down at the performance hall, Eleanor Roosevelt and other prominent people of the day made it possible for an open-air concert to take place at the Lincoln Memorial. Over 75,000 people attended the event on a chilly April evening and were priviliged to hear Anderson's perfectly pure voice, starting with "My Country, 'Tis of Thee" and ending with three traditional spirituals.

The story is well told in a children's book by Pam Munoz Ryan (author) and Brian Selznick (illustrator). Visit Bank Street Bookstore for a copy of "When Marian Sang" or order online at