"Let’s start with Fenway Park itself, which lies on 4 Yawkey Way, a street named in honor of Tom Yawkey, owner of the Boston Red Sox from 1933 until his death in 1976. During his tenure, Yawkey earned a reputation for being one of the most racist figures in baseball even by the standards of the times. Yawkey’s beliefs were the main reason why the Red Sox were the last of the pre-expansion MLB clubs to integrate. They did not have an African-American player on the major leave roster until calling up Pumpsie Green in 1959, over two years after Jackie Robinson retired. There’s a reason that the Boston Celtics’ Bill Russell, the winningest player in Boston history, still keeps his distance from the city where he became a legend (he once described the city as “a flea market of racism”)."