Indians and Major League Baseball agree to transition away from Chief Wahoo

End is near for racist baseball mascot

(It replaced a far more offensive illustration, if you can believe it.) The look of Chief Wahoo underwent some revisions in the following decades, but for the most part the cartoon became the face of Cleveland's baseball team. "Nonetheless, the club ultimately agreed with my position that the logo is no longer appropriate for on-field use. and I appreciate Mr. Dolan's acknowledgement that removing it from the on-field uniform by the start of the 2019 season is the right course".

During the World Series last October, Manfred took a crucial stand against racist taunts even though his ruling could have been construed as hypocritical as long as Major League Baseball let the Indians use the Chief Wahoo logo.

The team announced Monday that Chief Wahoo will no longer be on their uniform starting in 2019.

There are those who believe the move to abandon Chief Wahoo is long overdue.

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.

"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".

The logo first appeared on Cleveland's uniforms in 1948, but has been deemed outdated and racist by many in recent years.

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Over the last few years, the club has been transitioning away from the logo.

Before Wahoo was introduced however, a caricature was already in use in the Cleveland Plain Dealer beginning in 1932 and the "Little Indian", as he came to be known, ran in the paper for thirty years when accompanying stories about the team. 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.

However, while the Indians won't wear the logo on their jerseys after this season, the Chief Wahoo logo will continue to be on retail items sold in northeast Ohio.

The source added that the selective sale of Chief Wahoo gear is being made in order to keep other parties from profiting from the logo.

Fans of the image and the team's name cite tradition when defending the logo and name.

The Indians and the NFL's Washington Redskins were two of the long-time holdouts in the shift away from Native American mascots and logos by many teams and universities.

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