Red Sox owner wants Boston to rename street near Fenway tied to team’s racist history

Amid a wave of teams and cities reconsidering what various monuments mean in the modern world, and even more so the political climate we find ourselves in, the Red Sox are finally starting to take the steps necessary to rename Yawkey Way.

The side street that runs down one side of Fenway Park was named for Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey in 1977 a year after he died in 1976. He owned the team for more than 40 years and left behind a legacy rife with racist, discriminatory, and altogether unsavory practices.

In comments to the Boston Herald, current Sox owner John Henry says he has discussed the process with city leadership in the past but that it was considered opening a can of worms.

Some Sox fans may agree that the road should have been changed years ago, or at least more publicly acknowledged as a process that should be initiated. Henry maintains that he has been “haunted” by the team’s past and the legacy of those that came before him.

“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

Article source: https://www.sbnation.com/mlb/2017/8/17/16164172/red-sox-rename-yawkey-way-john-henry-owner-racism

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