Jack Healey Commentary August 18th, 2017

Here is a story printed on the AP and other sources:

The Boston Red Sox’s principal owner says he wants to take steps to rename a Fenway Park street that has been an enduring reminder of the franchise’s complicated racial past. John Henry told the Boston Herald that he is “haunted” by the racist legacy of former owner Tom Yawkey and that he welcomes renaming of Yawkey Way in front of the ballpark and offices. Yawkey owned the Red Sox from 1933 to 1976 and presided over a franchise that was the last in Major League Baseball to field a black player. That was in 1959, more than a decade after Jackie Robinson played for the Dodgers.

What do you think? Many people thought Yawkey was a racist. The Red Sox at one time passed on Willie Mays. Was it racism or stupidity?

The Yawkey Foundation has done great things over the last several years as it serves disadvantaged children and families in New England.

It’s a tough call!

 

 

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