Yawkey charity 'disappointed' with name change

Yawkey Way Name Change Approved

Boston commission approves Red Sox plan to rename Yawkey Way over racist past

As we noted when the proposal was first made, having the name Yawkey on it contradicted that mission, given Yawkey's track record as team owner.

Boston's Public Improvement Commission on Thursday accepted the request from the Red Sox owners to change the name of Yawkey Way due to an alleged racist past.

For more than 40 years, the street that runs behind home plate at Fenway Park has been known as Yawkey Way, after the longtime Red Sox owner.

The vote drew immediate condemnation from the Yawkey Foundations, the charity named for Yawkey and his wife, Jean.

The name change certainly won't wipe away the team's racial past, which Henry has said still haunts him, but it does publicly show that the Red Sox don't support the kind of retrograde thinking that Yawkey was accused of representing. Yawkey owned the team for decades, and the Sox were the last team to hire an African-American player.

Principal owner John Henry told the Boston Herald previous year that "I am still haunted by what went on here a long time before we arrived".

Those that opposed the name change, particularly those still working for the Yawkey Foundation, argued that the name change would "taint the legacy" of the foundation's charitable work.

Following a public hearing in March, the initial vote on the name change was scheduled April 12 but was postponed. Let us know below in our Twitter poll.

The city renamed a stretch of the road David Ortiz Drive last summer in honor of the retired Red Sox designated hitter.

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