Baseball and Softball Fields Initiative
Tom Yawkey purchased the Boston Red Sox in 1933. He was well-known as a kind and generous man who loved not only Boston, Fenway Park, and the Red Sox, but also the game of baseball. Tom was known to take batting practice on the field and to even sit in the bleacher section and watch a Red Sox game with the fans. In 1980, Tom Yawkey was the first owner to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY for his decades of dedication to the sport of baseball. Jean Yawkey also loved baseball and together during their many years of ownership of the Boston Red Sox, the Yawkeys actively supported college and amateur baseball programs throughout the region. They generously made Fenway Park available for use by many national and local baseball teams.
The Yawkeys support of amateur baseball led to the Red Sox active involvement, during the years of Yawkey ownership, in the RBI (Reviving Baseball in the Inner-City), Rookie League, Little League, the Boston Park League, the Yawkey Baseball League, and many other programs that provided baseball programming and equipment to young people throughout Boston, Massachusetts, and New England. This tradition of supporting quality baseball and softball programs and facilities continues today through the work of the Yawkey Foundations.
The Yawkey Foundations' Baseball and Softball Fields Initiative celebrates Tom and Jean Yawkey's rich tradition of supporting baseball programs and facilities by working with New England institutions that have a demonstrated commitment to quality baseball and softball programs to refurbish or rebuild their baseball and softball fields. Preference will be given to institutions who make their fields available to the local community for baseball and softball games, youth clinics, and summer camp programs.