Red Sox Owner Wants To Change Historic Area Of Fenway Park

Based on all of the stuff going on in the world right now, especially since it's kicked into high gear with the re-emergence (at least, outwardly) of neo-Nazis and white supremacists over the last week, Red Sox owner John Henry is considering changing a major attraction of Fenway Park -- Yawkey Way.

Yawkey Way is named after Tom Yawkey, who owned the Sox from 1933-1976, was a massive racist, going so far as to be accused of shouting racial slurs to Jackie Robinson and 2 other players from the grandstands during a tryout in 1945. During that time, the Sox were the last team to integrate, not calling up their first black ballplayer until until 1959 -- 12 years after Jackie had shattered the color barrier. John Henry said it still haunts him to this day.

The Red Sox don’t control the naming or renaming of streets, but for me, personally, the street name has always been a consistent reminder that it is our job to ensure the Red Sox are not just multi-cultural, but stand for as many of the right things in our community as we can — particularly in our African-American community and in the Dominican community that has embraced us so fully. The Red Sox Foundation and other organizations the Sox created such as Home Base have accomplished a lot over the last 15 years, but I am still haunted by what went on here a long time before we arrived.

 
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