Yawkey Way Name Change Is OK'd

Say goodbye to Yawkey Way.

On Thursday, Boston's Public Improvement Commission unanimously approved Boston Red Sox owner John Henry's request to change the name of Yawkey Way, according to the Boston Globe.

The vote was spurred by a petition from The Red Sox, along with business owners on Yawkey Way filed in February.

The city's Public Improvement Commission on Thursday unanimously approved a proposal by current Red Sox ownership to call the stretch of roadway Jersey Street.

Yawkey Way had received heavy criticism over the years for its connection to the franchise's complicated racial past under former owner Tom Yawkey.

Yawkey, who owned the team from 1933 until his death in 1976, has faced allegations of racism stemming from the fact that he fielded all-white teams even after black players joined the league. Jackie Robinson, who broke the color barrier in 1947, called Yawkey "one of the most bigoted guys in baseball", and there is considerable historical material which supports that claim.

The Yawkey family's charitable arm has been a vocal opponent of the proposed change, setting up a page on its website entitled "Setting the Record Straight" and touting Tom Yawkey and his family's millions of dollars in charitable contributions to the community. At the time, Yawkey was accused of being a racist. Dozens of monuments to the Confederacy have been removed in the past year. Walsh said. "This is not the answer to that".

"The Red Sox don't control the naming or renaming of streets", Henry told the Herald a year ago.

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