Cleveland Indians Will Remove Chief Wahoo Logo From Game Uniforms In 2019

Indians removing divisive Chief Wahoo logo from uniforms

End is near for racist baseball mascot

There was some speculation that doing away with the logo was a condition of Cleveland hosting the MLB All-Star Game in 2019.

"The decision by the Cleveland Indians to retire Chief Wahoo from team uniforms is wonderful news for the city".

In the statement, Dolan said: "While we recognize many of our fans have a longstanding attachment to Chief Wahoo, I'm ultimately in agreement with Commissioner Manfred's desire to remove the logo from our uniforms in 2019".

The logo has been a point of contention from almost the moment it was introduced in 1948.

When the Indians visited the Toronto Blue Jays for games 3-5 in the 2016 ALCS, indigenous activist Doug Cardinal tried petitioning to the Ontario superior court to disallow Cleveland's team name and Chief Wahoo logo from appearing in Canada.


"Those Native American protesters who gather at the ironically named Progressive Field-some of them members of the Cleveland American Indian Movement (AIM) and the Committee of 500 Years of Dignity and Resistance-have not been met with open arms or friendly words".

While the team has used the image of a Native American as their logo for almost 100 years, it wasn't until the late 1940's that the Wahoo logo was used but Wahoo has remained, for the most part, unchanged since then. The initial lawsuit was dismissed, but a local architect and baseball fan refiled his suit previous year.

The Chief Wahoo symbol, however, was still stitched onto their uniforms.

Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred has been publicly pressuring the team to remove the logo, the topic of debate coming into the spotlight in 2017 when the team was named as the host site of the 2019 All-Star Game. That means the logo, which has been used since 1947 but is today deemed racist by Native American groups and others, will be seen on the team's uniforms for just one more season. Hardcore fans will still be able to purchase Wahoo-related merchandise throughout OH, including the souvenir shop at Progressive Field, though related merch will be removed from the official M.L.B. website. "Over the past year, we encouraged dialogue with the Indians organization about the club's use of the Chief Wahoo logo".

"During our constructive conversations, (Indians part owner and CEO) Paul Dolan made clear that there are fans who have a longstanding attachment to the logo and its place in the history of the team", he added. They're not going to have the Chief Wahoo police, so anybody can wear anything they want when coming to the park. A well known-Philadelphia rival Washington Redskins team has fought against the changing of their name.

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