The Cleveland Indians controversial Chief Wahoo logo will be scrapped from teir uniforms after the 2018 season, according to Jordan Bastian of MLB.com. David Waldstein of the New York Times also reported that the logo will not appear on signs or banners at their ballpark, Progressive Field.
The league and organization came to a mutual agreement to scrap the logo, which has generated plenty of controversy throughout its history. Commissioner Rob Manfred released a statement on the decision:
— Robert Murray (@RobertMurrayFRS) January 29, 2018
The Indians began using a similar logo in 1946, but changed it to the current Chief Wahoo one in 1950. They would use it until 1972 before changing their logo once again. The Chief Wahoo logo came back yet again in 1980, and would be used as their main logo until 2013. They have since used a red ‘C’ as the franchise’s primary logo.
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. A judge refused his request.
Mark Shapiro – the current president and CEO of the Blue Jays – spent 24 years with the Indians. He later admitted that he was “bothered” by the Chief Wahoo logo.
Though the Indians are finally putting an end to this logo controversy, there are still a handful of other team names and logos that have been met with criticism. The NFL’s Washington Redskins and NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks have come under fire for their logos, though neither franchise has shown a willingness to change them.
The Indians franchise dates back to 1894, when they were originally the Grand Rapids Rustlers. After moving to Cleveland, they used four different names from 1900-1914. In 1915, the franchise changes its team name to the Indians. Though the name itself generates controversy, the offensive logo will finally be put to rest.
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