Boston city commission votes to change the name of Yawkey Way

The Boston Red Sox will change the name of Yawkey Way outside Fenway Park after gaining approval Thursday, according to the Associated Press.

Since his death, Yawkey has become a controversial figure, particularly condemned as a racist. That's what it was called before it was changed in 1977 to honor Tom Yawkey a year after he died.

There, of course, was opposition to the ruling by Yawkey supporters, and the Yawkey Foundation, a charity named for the former owner and his wife, Jean, which has provided millions of dollars in charitable donations to support many programs around Boston. "The Red Sox Foundation and other organizations the Sox created such as Home Base have accomplished a lot over the last 15 years, but I am still haunted by what went on here a long time before we arrived". Yawkey had resisted the racial integration of baseball, choosing not to hire future Hall of Famers Jackie Robinson and Willie Mays.

In a statement from the Red Sox, the team said it was pleased with the outcome of Thursday's hearing and thanked members of the community who voiced their support for the proposal.

"We have always acknowledged that it is regrettable that the Red Sox were the last Major League baseball team to integrate", the statement said. Dozens of monuments to the Confederacy have been removed in the past year. Let us know below in our Twitter poll. Walsh said. "This is not the answer to that".

At this point, no word has been given as to when the street would officially be changed.

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