Red Sox asks Boston to change name of 'Yawkey Way' in support of racial inclusion

The Boston Red Sox are asking the city of Boston to change Yawkey Way back to its original name, Jersey Street. (WJAR file photo)

The Boston Red Sox are asking the city of Boston to change Yawkey Way back to its original name, Jersey Street.

The name has been under fire for years for its connection to what the team's principal owner John Henry has said is the franchise's complicated racial past under former owner Tom Yawkey.

Yawkey owned the Red Sox from 1933 to 1976 and presided over the last franchise in Major League Baseball to field a black player. That was in 1959, more than a decade after Jackie Robinson played for the Dodgers.

In a statement Wednesday the team said "restoring the Jersey Street name is intended to reinforce that Fenway Park is inclusive and welcoming to all."

Yawkey died in 1976. The street was named for him in 1977.

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