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Yawkey Way name change vote once again delayed

Alex Reimer
April 12, 2018 - 9:49 am

Once again, the vote to rename Yawkey Way has been delayed. 

The Boston Public Improvement Commission announced Thursday it will postpone the vote until April 26. The Red Sox requested the change. 

A contentious hearing over the matter was held two weeks ago, with proponents of the Yawkey family, including former Red Sox CEO John Harrington, arguing against the name change. The decision was delayed following the event. 

Red Sox principal owner John Henry filed a petition in February to restore the name of Yawkey Way back to Jersey Street. "Restoring the Jersey Street name is intended to reinforce that Fenway Park is inclusive and welcoming to all,” the petition reads. 

Last August, Henry told the Herald’s Michael Silverman he was “haunted” by Yawkey’s racist legacy. The Red Sox were the last team to integrate under his ownership, not signing an African-American player until Pumpsie Green in 1959. Before then, the club passed up opportunities to sign Jackie Robinson and Willie Mays. 

The Yawkey Foundation opposes the proposed change, arguing it tarnishes Yawkey’s philanthropic legacy.