After a long history, Indians remove Chief Wahoo from uniforms

Indians removing divisive Chief Wahoo logo from uniforms

End is near for racist baseball mascot

Though it won't be for sale on merchandise through Major League Baseball and it won't appear on jerseys, caps, or in Progressive Field where the Indians play, items with the logo will still be available locally, in stores across northern OH and in the team's shop.

Debuting in 1948, the logo has remained in circulation even as the team has made it less prominent in favor of the new block "C" logo that now adorns their main caps.

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".

The block-C logo became the team's primary logo beginning in the 2014 season, but Chief Wahoo lingered on, both as an official secondary logo used by the team on uniforms, signage, and more, and on official, team-licensed fan apparel.

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

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The change follows a longstanding debate about whether Chief Wahoo is appropriate for a team symbol.

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.

Manfred said Major League Baseball was "committed to building a culture of diversity and inclusion", which led to dialogue between the commissioner's office and the Indians.

Atlanta has also moved away from their traditional logos featuring Native Americans, but the Tomahawk Chop and other remembrances remain in the National League East.

The logo first appeared on Cleveland's uniforms in 1948, but has been deemed outdated and racist by many in recent years. Merchandise with the logo will continue to be available in Progressive Field gift shops.

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Their have been calls for the franchise to change the team's name.

"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.

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 Indians will retain the trademark of Chief Wahoo.

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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