Cleveland Indians to remove controversial logo from uniforms in 2019

Joy Montgomery
January 30, 2018

When the Indians visited the Toronto Blue Jays for games 3-5 in the 2016 ALCS, indigenous activist Doug Cardinal tried petitioning to the Ontario superior court to disallow Cleveland's team name and Chief Wahoo logo from appearing in Canada.

Manfred said in a statement that the move was the result of "constructive conversations" between the league and Indians chief executive and chairman Paul Dolan over the past year.

"Major League Baseball is committed to building a culture of diversity and inclusion throughout the game", MLB's commissioner, Robert D. Manfred Jr., said in a statement.

Bowing to pressure from Native American advocacy groups and MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, the Cleveland Indians will stop using the Chief Wahoo logo on their uniforms starting in 2019.

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

At the time, Bob DiBiasio, the Indians' senior vice president of public affairs, indicated the team would be receptive to a future change.

The team was first called the Indians in 1915, according to Baseball-Reference.

The Indians began using a similar logo in 1946, but changed it to the current Chief Wahoo one in 1950.

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Chief Wahoo is entering its twilight as the Indians logo. The image was tweaked in 1951 and has been used since.

The presence of the Wahoo logo is likely to remain strong in the stands on caps, T-shirts and signs, and other Native American references in the stadium will probably persist.

The Chief Wahoo symbol, however, was still stitched onto their uniforms.

Several universities have changed the logos or nicknames of their athletic teams in recent years, and the Indians are not the only professional sports franchise to draw scrutiny.

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.

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 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.

"I would have just ripped off the Band-Aid", Brown said. The team must maintain a retail presence so that Major League Baseball and the Indians can keep ownership of the trademark.

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