It was reported last summer that the Boston Red Sox wanted to change the name of the street Fenway Park is on from Yawkey Way back to Jersey Street. This coming at a time where racial tensions were high, between the Charlottesville, Virginia riots and Baltimore Orioles Center Fiedler Adam Jones being called the N-Word in a game at Fenway earlier that year.
I don’t understand why anyone would want the Red Sox to keep the name of Tom Yawkey on their street. Yawkey owned the team from 1933 until his death in 1976, the Red Sox were the last team to integrate African Americans on their team when they played pitcher Pumpsie Green in 1959, 12 years after Branch Rickey signed Jackie Robinson to the Brooklyn Dodgers. Furthermore, during this time period, the Red Sox were not a good team at all despite having both Ted Williams then Carl Yaztremski for almost the balance of Yawkey’s ownership. His refusal to integrate hurt his team severely, then it was reported that Robinson actually tried out for the Red Sox at Fenway Park before his signing with the Dodgers, and when Yawkey found out he ordered “Get those n-words off my field.” So this man was a overate racist and squandered the chance to win with two of the best players in baseball history and blew it. So what is the great allure to want to keep his this mans name on the street and attached to the team?
What I really commend John Henry the owner of the Red Sox and the owners of the other business on Yawkey Way, The D’Angelos and Samuels simply want to change it back to Jersey Street, and not overcompensate by naming it after Green, Williams or David Ortiz. Just put it back to normal and move on well done to the Red Sox, D’Angelos, and Samuels.