Should the city of Boston rename Yawkey Way? | The Tylt
Boston Red Sox owner John Henry wants to change the name of Yawkey Way, the street adjacent to Fenway Park named after former Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey, in the aftermath of Charlottesville. Yawkey turned around the failing franchise with winning ball clubs and much-needed stadium renovations. However, Yawkey was called “one of the most bigoted guys in baseball,” and having the team associated with him might be a bad idea in the current political climate. What do you think? ⚾
Should the city of Boston rename Yawkey Way?
Millions have walked down Yawkey Way without caring who the street was named after. Now, they want to change it because an owner was allegedly racist? Yawkey Way may be named after the former Red Sox owner, but the street itself means so much more than what he may or may not have thought about other races.
The little street has become a part of Red Sox lore as much as Fenway Park. Thousands of people flood the area to get to the game, buy merchandise, watch the game at a bar or just be a part of the Red Sox family. Renaming the street is erasing part of team's rich history. The city should not change Yawkey Way.
When Jackie Robinson, along with other Negro League stars, was trying out for the Boston Red Sox to integrate into the Major Leagues. Clif Keane, a sportswriter for the Boston Globe, reported a voice from the grandstand shouted: “Get those niggers off the field!” No one knows who said it, but Keane believed it to be Yawkey—the same Yawkey attached to Yawkey Way.
Yawkey was considered by many to be an overt racist. He was the last owner to integrate a Black player in MLB, and stories like the one above have been associated with the former Red Sox owner for decades. With the racial atmosphere the way it is now, the time is right to rename Yawkey Way. Baseball games should feel inclusive, and it's hard to feel included when you have a racist's name looming over you.
Time to make a switch to a more celebrated human being.
If I might be so bold ... Wouldn't it be appropriate to rename Yawkey Way after first black Red Sox player? Green Way? Pumpsie Place?— robneyer (@robneyer) August 17, 2017