"Major League Baseball is committed to building a culture of diversity and inclusion throughout the game", Manfred said in a release.
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. The team adopted a "C" as its main logo in recent years. There has been a huge push for it to be removed, while others asserted it is part of the Indians' baseball history.
Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. announced today that the Cleveland Indians will remove the "Chief Wahoo" logo from their uniforms, effective with the 2019 season.
The polarizing mascot is coming off the team's jersey sleeves and caps starting in the 2019 season, a move that will end Chief Wahoo's presence on the field but may not completely silence those who deem it racist.
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Protestors voice their opinion about Cleveland Indians mascot Chief Wahoo outside Progressive Field prior to the game between the Cleveland Indians and the Minnesota Twins on April 4, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio.
In 2016, the Cleveland Indians made the World Series, which put a special spotlight on the team's name and its mascot.
For decades, Native American activists and their supporters have protested the logo, a cartoon of a grinning red-skinned man in a feathered headband.
Naturally, there are baseball fans in Cleveland who are attached to the logo. "It doesn't make any sense to me, unless they want to continue to make what's basically blood money".
She celebrated the fact that instead of just quietly changing the logo, Major League Baseball said it was inappropriate to use.
The Indians, a charter member of the American League, were originally called the Blues when the team debuted in 1901. "For too long, people of color have been stereotyped with these kinds of hurtful symbols - and no symbol is more hurtful than the football team in the nation's capital using a dictionary-defined racial slur as its team name". Last year, a Supreme Court ruling in another case cleared the way for the Redskins to preserve the trademark on its logo. However, the accuracy has been questioned, with author and historian Ellen J. Staurowsky arguing in 1998 that the name change was done more so for exploitative reasons.