The Cleveland Indians will drop the Chief Wahoo logo next year.
Speaking to Cleveland.com, owner Paul Dolan said of the logo, "You can't help but be aware of how many of our fans are connected to Chief Wahoo".
The beet red, smiling caricature of a Native American has always been a thorn in the side of those who consider it offensive and racist, with Major League Baseball finding it was no longer appropriate for a team to wear uniforms including Chief Wahoo. (It replaced a far more offensive illustration, if you can believe it.) The look of Chief Wahoo underwent some revisions in the following decades, but for the most part the cartoon became the face of Cleveland's baseball team.
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"Nonetheless, the club ultimately agreed with my position that the logo is no longer appropriate for on-field use in Major League Baseball, and I appreciate Mr. Dolan's acknowledgement that removing it from the on-field uniform by the start of the 2019 season is the right course".
Chief Wahoo's days are numbered. After moving to Cleveland, they used four different names from 1900-1914.
In truth, he's been dying for a long time as the Indians have walked a fine line between angering its mascot-embracing fans and slowly transitioning away from its use. Chief Wahoo signs have also been removed from both in and around Progressive Field. You'll see it in the stands and around the city every Indians game.
However, while the Indians won't wear the logo on their jerseys after this season, the Chief Wahoo logo will continue to be on retail items sold in northeast Ohio.
As news of the logo's demise spread on social media on Monday, fans of the team predictably fell into one of two camps: those who applauded the team for making the right decision, and those who defended racist imagery, citing the team's "heritage". There aren't many things in MLB more ridiculous than a primarily white crowd of Atlanta baseball fans doing the tomahawk chop while doing a stereotypical "war chant" straight from an old Western movie. 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.