After a long history, Indians remove Chief Wahoo from uniforms

Cleveland Indians to discontinue the use of Chief Wahoo logo

"Chief Wahoo" logo from their uniforms, effective with the 2019 season.

Major League Baseball announced Monday that the polarizing Native American mascot is coming off Cleveland's jersey sleeves and caps after the upcoming season, a decision that was made mutually between the league and the team.

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.

Despite the forthcoming removal of Chief Wahoo, there has been no discussion over a name-change for the Cleveland Indians.

"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.

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The Cleveland Indians will be removing "Chief Wahoo", the bright red caricature of a Native American the team uses as a logo, from players' caps and uniforms starting in 2019.

Chief Wahoo, a characteristic image of a Native American, has been a controversial figure in sports since his official creation in 1946, but his presence has down anger in more recent years. In 2013, the team began emphasizing an alternative logo in spring training, one that featured a simple block-lettered C in place of the Chief Wahoo logo.

"We have consistently maintained that we are cognizant and sensitive to both sides of the discussion", Dolan said.

Philadelphia and Cleveland haven't played since the 2016 season when the Phillies swept a three-games series, which included a Ryan Howard walk-off home run in the 11th inning of the series opener. It is merely a coincidence that 2019 will be the first year they don't use the Chief Wahoo logo in any capacity. 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. You'll see it in the stands and around the city every Indians game. Earlier in that postseason, a lawsuit was filed while the club was playing in Toronto to have the logo and team name banned from appearing on Canadian TV. But fans will still be able to buy it at souvenir shops in the stadium and at select retailers. And so I think what they wanted to do was to protect the fans who want to wear their stuff but comply with the political environment as it is today.

The NFL's Washington Redskins have come under similar fire to change their logo and nickname but so far have resisted.

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