Red Sox propose name change for Yawkey Way

In an effort to distance themselves from the legacy of former owner Tom Yawkey, the Boston Red Sox have filed a petition to have Yawkey Way returned to its original Jersey Street name.

The petition was submitted to the Boston Public Improvement Commission, with the change representing a symbol of inclusion, the team announced Wednesday. The Red Sox were the last major league team to integrate under Yawkey's ownership, not doing so until 1959.

The area of Jersey Street near Fenway Park was renamed in honor of Yawkey in 1977.

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BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 19: A general veiw of Yawkey Way befoer a game between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on August 19, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 19: A general veiw of Yawkey Way befoer a game between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on August 19, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - JUNE 23: A sign for the Yawkey Way street hangs across from the sign honoring former Red Sox player David Ortiz at the newly renamed David Ortiz Drive hangs from a post across from Fenway Park on Jun. 22, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - JULY 4: Fans enter through Yawkey Way before a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Texas Rangers on July 4, 2016 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 18: A general view of Yawkey Way outide of Fenway Park before a game between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on August 18, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 13: Fans walk down Yawkey Way outside of Fenway Park before the game between the Washington Nationals and the Boston Red Sox on April 13, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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"Restoring the Jersey Street name is intended to reinforce that Fenway Park is inclusive and welcoming to all," the Red Sox said in a statement.

Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh has said he supports the name change, and the Red Sox say they have the cooperation of all Yawkey Way abutters. However, the Yawkey Foundation said it intends to protest the change.

"We urge the commission to consider all the facts concerning Tom Yawkey's ownership of the Red Sox and the sweep of his life," the foundation said. "We are confident that if it does so, it will reject [team owner John] Henry's petition."

--Field Level Media

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