Cleveland Indians to Remove Chief Wahoo Logo From Uniforms Next Year

Indians to eliminate controversial Chief Wahoo logo for 2019

That fight was given fresh legs in recent years, coinciding with the team's return to competitiveness and a parallel effort to get the other major professional sports team that still uses a deeply racist logo and nickname - Washington, D.C.'s professional football franchise - to change its name.

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 Indians decided in 2014 to change their main logo to a Block C displayed on their hats and helmets but kept Wahoo on their jerseys and alternative hats.

"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", Manfred said.

Manfred said in a statement that the Indians top brass "ultimately agreed with my position that the logo is no longer appropriate for on-field use in Major League Baseball".

Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. announced today that the Cleveland Indians will remove the "Chief Wahoo" logo from their uniforms, effective with the 2019 season. After the 1914 season, the name was changed to the Cleveland Indians to honor Louis Sockalexis, a member of the Penobscot Tribal Nation who played for Cleveland from 1897-1899.

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

Chief Wahoo has always been the subject of public scrutiny, with critics claiming that the grinning red-faced logo is offensive to the Native American community.

The Times says that's to maintain the trademark rather than letting another entity grab it, although it seems unlike the team will lose a trademark if it chose not to sell merchandise with it.

The controversial "Chief Wahoo" logo will no longer appear on the Cleveland Indians' uniforms from the start of the 2019 season.

The decision is unlikely to quell complaints from Native American organizations and others who see the symbol as offensive.

Still, it's better than nothing, although it sets the stage for every game in Cleveland this year to be a protest against eliminating the mascot. Then-team president Mark Shapiro said in 2013 that the Wahoo logo was "going nowhere" even as he was helping to gently nudge the team away from Wahoo.

She celebrated the fact that instead of just quietly changing the logo, Major League Baseball said it was inappropriate to use.

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