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. But Boston's Public Improvement Commission voted unanimously Thursday to revert to the thoroughfare's previous name, Jersey Street, because of concerns over racial views held by Tom Yawkey. Current owner John Henry had spearheaded the move, telling the Boston Herald last year that he was "haunted" by some of Yawkey's views and saying the time had come to remove Yawkey's name from the street. Yawkey owned the Red Sox from 1933 until his death in 1976, and ownership of the team remained in the Yawkey family until 2002. On Yawkey's watch, the Red Sox waited until 1959 before becoming the last major league team to integrate — 12 years after Jackie Robinson debuted with the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Boston officials approve renaming Yawkey Way outside Fenway Park
Sporting News | Apr 26