Cleveland Indians to drop Chief Wahoo logo from uniforms

Cleveland Indians to drop Chief Wahoo logo from uniforms

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. An indigenous Native American activist named Douglas Cardinal sued the team and Major League Baseball, asking a court to ban Cleveland from using its logo and nickname during games played in Toronto.

The controversial "Chief Wahoo" logo will be gone.

"While we recognize many of our fans have a longstanding attachment to Chief Wahoo, I'm ultimately in agreement with Commissioner Manfred's desire to remove the logo from our uniforms in 2019", Cleveland Indians owner Paul Dolan said in the statement.

The Cleveland baseball team will stop using their Chief Wahoo logo on game jerseys and caps starting in 2019, according to The Associated Press.

The Indians have been under pressure by Major League Baseball in recent years to curtail the use of Chief Wahoo, with Manfred himself saying last year that he wanted to be rid of it.

In a press release, Major League Baseball said it was a mutual decision between the commission and the team, which "had been working together to come up with an appropriate timeline and solution to the issue".

The Indians' bid to host the 2019 All-Star Game, which it was ultimately awarded, further heightened debate over Wahoo.

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The New York Times also reports that changing the organization's name, in addition to transitioning away from "Chief Wahoo", wasn't broached during discussions with the league.

As a result, Manfred has been outspoken in trying to get Dolan to eliminate the logo.

The ruling allowed the Indians to keep the uniforms that displayed the logo while the team played in Toronto.

According to The Times, discussions for ending the logo did not include deliberation regarding a potential change of the Indians' name.

Dolan said in a statement to The New York Times that he agreed with Manfred's wishes to remove the logo, despite fans' attachment to the character.

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.

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