Red Sox ownership pushes to rename Yawkey Way

Henry says he's "haunted" by predecessor's legacy on race

August 18, 2017 - 8:52 am

The street outside of Fenway Park that bares the name of the family who owned the team for more than 40 years may be changing. Current Red Sox owner John Henry told the Boston Herald Thursday he's "haunted" by Tom Yawkey's legacy on race and would like to rename Yawkey Way.

Tom Yawkey owned the Red Sox from 1933 to 1976. Following his death, his wife Jean owned the team until her own death in 1992. The team was then put into the Yawkey Trust's hands until Henry and his ownership group bought the team 15 years ago.

While the Yawkey name and foundation is connected to a number of philanthropic and charitable organizations around Boston, Henry says it's Tom Yawkey's history on race that haunts him.

The Red Sox famously became the last team to integrate in 1959 after trying out Jackie Robinson years earlier, though the team never followed up with him afterwards.

Henry told the Herald he had discussed changing the name with previous mayoral administrations but they were leery of making the move. A spokesperson for Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said the mayor would be supportive of a name change.

And who's name would grace the street signs outside Fenway Park? Henry would like to rename it for David Ortiz.

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