Boston Philanthropy Gets Down and Dirty on Yawkey Way Takedown

Nonprofit Quarterly | April 27, 2018

Boston Philanthropy Gets Down and Dirty on Yawkey Way Takedown
In Boston, the name of late former Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey will be removed from the city street leading into Fenway Park. Yawkey ran what was once the most segregated franchise in baseball-the very last to integrate.
The Boston Public Improvement Commission isn’t saying much about what was behind their final decision, which was hotly contested in the city, but as this report in the Boston Globe asserts, it forges a permanent and “unbreakable link between the Yawkey name and the allegations of racism that trailed him.”
In fact, it was the Red Sox organization itself, currently led by John Henry, that requested the street’s name be changed to Jersey Street in February because the history of racism at the park needed to be affirmatively disavowed. The legacy was undeniable, they argued. From the players to the front office, the organization remained all-white well after African American stars entered the Major Leagues.

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