The Red Sox this week strode purposefully into a roiling national debate about racism, monuments and history when the team’s owner, John Henry, said the club would renew its efforts to have the city rename Yawkey Way .
Continue reading the main story By noon on Friday, before an important weekend series against the visiting Yankees, fans had already begun filtering onto the street, lining up to take tours of Fenway Park and wandering in and out of the shops.
Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh supports changing the name, members of his staff said, although he declined to address the topic with reporters on Friday, saying he was focused on the demonstrations in the city planned for Saturday.
The Red Sox were the last major league team to integrate, when they promoted infielder Pumpsie Green in 1959, a dozen years after Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Henry suggested that one possibility would be to rename Yawkey Way for the retired Red Sox slugger David Ortiz, a beloved figure in Boston.Credit Charles Krupa/Associated Press Continue reading the main story
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