Today's news that the Washington NFL team is finally changing its name (after FedEx and other sponsors vowed to walk away) ends an 88-year racist streak that started at Fenway Park.
In 1932, George Preston Marshall won the rights to set up a pro football team in Boston. He initially called the team the Braves - in their first season, they shared Braves Stadium (where BU's Nickerson Field is today) with the baseball team of the same name. But the next year, the team moved to Fenway Park, and Marshall decided to change the name.
The Globe briefly reported at the time:
The new name is rather appropriate in more than one sense. The head and since the close of the 1932 season, Pres Marshall and Coach Dietz have signed up a number of Indian players.
Marshall also said he was honoring William "Lone Star" Dietz, who himself claimed to be part Oglala Sioux and who played football at an Indian school with Jim Thorpe under coach Pop Warner.
In fact, unlike Thorpe, Dietz may have been a white guy who adopted the identity of a native American, William Lone Star, who disappeared after being dishonorably discharged from the Army. Dietz spent a month in jail for using his alleged native ancestry to avoid military service himself.
As for the football team, it didn't last long in Boston, which had few pro-football fans, and moved to Washington in 1937.
Next up: The Braves? They started here, too, at a field nicknamed the Wigwam.