Yawkey Way May Be Going Away
The future of the famous Boston street where Fenway Park is located will soon be decided. The Red Sox organization has requested a change in name for Yawkey Way. The two-block street was named after former team owner Tom Yawkey in 1977.
A vote on whether or not to change the iconic name was scheduled for Thursday, but was postponed by the Boston Public Improvement Commission after some emotional arguments against the change. The vote has now been rescheduled for April 12th.
According to boston.cbslocal.com, current Red Sox owner John Henry said that he was haunted by the history of racism associated with the Yawkey name. Tom Yawkey owned the team from 1933 until his death in 1976. The following year that section of the former Jersey Street was renamed in his honor.
If the April vote goes in favor of a name change, the short section of street will return to Jersey Street. it's not clear whether or not the city would then actually change the signs during the 2018 baseball season.