It appears the wheels are in motion for a big change outside of Fenway Park. The Red Sox filed a petition with the City of Boston on Wednesday to change the name of Yawkey Way. The street would go back to Jersey Street, which it was a continuation of before it was renamed Yawkey Way back in 1977. The team issued the following statement on Wednesday: The Red Sox, with the approval and cooperation of all abutters on Yawkey Way, have filed a petition with the City of Boston Public Improvement Commission requesting that the Yawkey Way street name be restored to its original Jersey Street name. Restoring the Jersey Street name is intended to reinforce that Fenway Park is inclusive and welcoming to all. It is important to separate the unfortunate and undeniable history of the Red Sox with regards to race and integration from the incredible charitable work the Yawkey Foundation has accomplished in this millennium and over the last 16 years. The positive impact they have had, and continue to have, in hospitals, on education programs, and with underserved communities throughout Boston and New England, is admirable and enduring. We have the utmost respect for their mission, leadership, and the institutions they support. We appreciate the partnership of the other property owners, and the consideration of city on this important matter. Red Sox principal owner John Henry said back in August that the organization hopes change the name of the famous street due to the history of racism associated with previous owner Tom Yawkey.
Red Sox file petition to change name of Yawkey Way back to Jersey Street
CBS Boston | Feb 28