After a long history, Indians remove Chief Wahoo from uniforms


The ban extends only to on-field displays, meaning Chief Wahoo will still be a fixture on merchandise that's available throughout northern Ohio.

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

According to Major League Baseball commissioner Robert Manfred, the mascot is "no longer appropriate" to be used in the sport. 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.

Dolan said he was "cognizant and sensitive" to opinions on both sides of the discussion, adding that he was "ultimately in agreement" to remove the logo beginning in 2019.

The Indians' bid to host the 2019 All-Star Game, which it was ultimately awarded, further heightened debate over Wahoo. The team wrote that this "will maintain the Indians' ownership of the trademark as well, which we would risk losing to another organization if we ceased all use".

Dennis Brown became an accidental leader in the anti-chief movement in 2014 when he meticulously unstitched the Chief Wahoo emblem on the sleeve of his Cleveland Indians jersey a night before leaving to visit their spring training camp.

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The Cleveland Indians' "Chief Wahoo" logo, beloved by many fans but criticized by others for its racist overtones, will be removed from the team's uniforms, Major League Baseball announced Monday.

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.

Every year, groups of Native Americans and their supporters have protested outside the stadium before the home opener in hopes of not only getting the team to abolish Chief Wahoo but to change the Indians' nickname, which they feel is an offensive depiction of their race.

Protesters have objected to the Cleveland Indians' name, as well as to the Chief Wahoo image. He later admitted that he was "bothered" by the Chief Wahoo logo.

Even before this decision, the Indians had been slowly transitioning away from Chief Wahoo in recent years; the team started by introducing a block "C" insignia on the some of the its caps.

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