Indians removing Chief Wahoo logo from game uniforms in 2019

Glen Mclaughlin
January 30, 2018

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.

The controversial "Chief Wahoo" logo will no longer appear on the Cleveland Indians' uniforms from the start of the 2019 season.

The team had been phasing out the logo in recent years, substituting a large block "C" insignia on some uniforms.

The Times says that's to maintain the trademark rather than letting another entity grab it, although it seems unlike the team will lose a trademark if it chose not to sell merchandise with it.

The move came after negotiations with Major League Baseball, which considers the logo inappropriate, reports the New York Times. The announcement comes following thoughtful and productive discussions between Major League Baseball and the Indians.

Chief Wahoo, the grinning, red-faced caricature with big white teeth, has been criticized as racist and derogatory to Native Americans.

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Baseball commissioner Robert Manfred said in a statement that the league had held "constructive conversations" with the team about the logo over the past year, and that the team "ultimately agreed" to remove the logo from on-field uniforms.

"We certainly understand the sensitivities of the logo ― those who find it insensitive and also those fans who have a long-standing attachment to its place in the history of the team", he said in a statement. In 1915, the franchise changes its team name to the Indians.

Speaking before that series, Shapiro was more explicit, saying he had always been bothered by the Wahoo logo, something that was easier to say now that he was no longer part of the team. "Over the past year, we encouraged dialogue with the Indians organisation about the Club's use of the Chief Wahoo logo". Many others, meanwhile, deem it to be a racially offensive carcitature of Native Americans.

Dennis Brown became an accidental leader in the anti-chief movement in 2014 when he meticulously unstitched the Chief Wahoo emblem on the sleeve of his Cleveland Indians jersey a night before leaving to visit their spring training camp. He later admitted that he was "bothered" by the Chief Wahoo logo. A judge dismissed the case.

Every year, groups of Native Americans and their supporters have protested outside the stadium before the home opener in hopes of not only getting the team to abolish Chief Wahoo but to change the Indians' nickname, which they feel is an offensive depiction of their race.

The Indians' successful bid to host the 2019 All-Star Game further heightened the debate.

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