Fenway Park is not only a Boston landmark, but an American one as well.

 

A major part of America’s Pastime, the Boston Red Sox are one of the most recognizable sports teams in the world and their highlights stems from the stadium that has become just as historic as the team it houses.

 

Within every stadium and/or arena, there are specific areas, walkways and objects that give it its allure and make it worth visiting besides the event that’s taking place there.

 

For Yankee Stadium, it’s Monument Park, a place where some legendary players of the team are honored with special plaques that signify their significance to the New York Yankees.

 

For Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs, the allure hides in the ivy that has lined those outfield walls since the 1890’s.

 

In LA, the Staples Center is the primary place of residence for most major events that come through Tinseltown and its main attraction, are the statues of legendary players like Magic Johnson, Wayne Gretzky and Shaquille O’Neal, that greet the people as they walk in the front entrance of the arena.

 

For the Red Sox, their signifiers are the Green Monster and Yawkey Way, a street right outside of the stadium that many people convene before, during and after games and get their party on.

 

However, unlike the Green Monster, Yawkey has a bad past and reputation behind it.

 

Named in honor of the former Red Sox owner Thomas Austin Yawkey, the street, and the person from where it received its namesake, has been one littered with racial overcast.

 

 

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Yawkey infamously, and openly, refused to sign people of color when the prospect of the thought was actually coming into fruition. In fact, the Red Sox, under Yawkey’s reign, were the last Major League team to sign a black baseball player in 1959 when they finally signed Elijah Jerry Green.

 

What makes 1959 significant is that it was 12 years after baseball had been integrated with the Brooklyn Dodgers signing of Jackie Robinson in 1947.

 

12 whole years.

 

This has prompted current Sox owner John Henry to spark a change an the world, and society has changed a dramatic amount since the 1950’s.

 

Now, many people of color play baseball and are actually among the most popular players in the league. Baseball has become a multicultural game and has benefitted a great amount because of it.

 

With Yawkey Way still a resounding and pronounced place as part of the fabric that makes up Fenway Park, and the city of Boston, Henry, along with many of the city’s leaders, are now making efforts to possibly rename the street.

 

With everything that is occurring in society, this would be a huge step in the right direction to see owners and city officials make strides for equality.

 

Even if it’s the simple renaming of the street, it can truly go a long way and how racism is viewed and tolerated for years to come. Again, the Boston Red Sox are one of the most famous teams in sports. If they are making moves to promote equality, than many others will follow.

 

Hopefully this can get done and that era and aspect of Boston history can be slowly removed from memory.

 

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