Compared to many other issues, the question of whether to rename Hagerstown's Memorial Boulevard in honor of baseball great Willie Mays is not all that important.
That's particularly true because there's a possible compromise that should satisfy everyone - renaming Municipal Stadium.
Mays, now in his 70s, played his first professional baseball game at the stadium on June 24, 1950.
At the time, Mays was a minor league player on a team affiliated with the New York Giants' system. His first pro game should have been an occasion to celebrate, but it turned out to be anything but.
Some fans at the stadium used racial slurs and made derogatory remarks. And, instead of being lodged with his white teammates, Mays was forced to stay at the Harmon Hotel, an all-black establishment on Jonathan Street.
More than 30 years later, Mays was still feeling the sting of that unpleasant experience. In a 1988 TV interview, Mays said that of all the places he visited in those days, Hagers-town was where he received the worst treatment.