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FILE - In this April 4, 2014 file photo, fans enjoy pre-game festivities along Yawkey Way outside Fenway Park in Boston. Boston Red Sox principal owner John Henry says he wants to take steps to rename all of Yawkey Way, a street that has been an enduring reminder of the franchise's complicated racial past. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)
FILE - In this April 4, 2014 file photo, fans enjoy pre-game festivities along Yawkey Way outside Fenway Park in Boston. Boston Red Sox principal owner John Henry says he wants to take steps to rename all of Yawkey Way, a street that has been an enduring reminder of the franchise's complicated racial past. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)
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Yawkey Way, the two-block street named for longtime Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey, the street that has welcomed fans to Fenway Park since 1977, is no more.

In a unanimous vote, Boston's Public Improvement Commission returned the street to its original name, Jersey Street.

The change was requested by current Sox owner John Henry, who felt the racist past of Yawkey's Red Sox should not be honored. The requested change has been controversial due to Yawkey's twin legacies — one deeply tainted by accusations of racism and the other a laudable record of philanthropy and charitable giving.

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Fred Thys, WBUR reporter.  He tweets @fredthys.

This segment aired on April 26, 2018.

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