Indians removing Chief Wahoo from uniforms for 2019

Oct 26, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; in game two of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Gene J. Puskar/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports

Years of debate are over. The Indians are dropping a popular but controversial logo from their uniforms starting next year.

Chief Wahoo will leave the sleeves and caps of the Indians in 2019. The move comes after lengthy discussions between Indians owner Paul Dolan and MLB commissioner Rob Manfred.

Dating back to 1947, Chief Wahoo has been a fixture on Indians memorabilia showing a big-tooth smiled and a red face.

The ironic part of the whole thing is despite the departure of Chief Wahoo from the Indians uniforms, the team and MLB will continue to sell merchandise featuring it in order to retain the trademark.



“We have consistently maintained that we are cognizant and sensitive to both sides of the discussion. While we recognize many of our fans have a long-standing attachment to Chief Wahoo, I’m ultimately in agreement with Commissioner Manfred’s desire to remove the logo from our uniforms in 2019,” said Dolan in a statement.

A move to remove Chief Wahoo has been building in recent years. The Indians had already removed some signs with the logo and had introduced a block “C” cap.

Fan reaction on social media has been split between individuals who believe the team is making the right steps and those who believe this is another example of trying to change the team’s history.

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