Wednesday the news spread quickly. The Cleveland Indians would get rid of the Chief Wahoo logo. Instead of the navy home cap, the team would sport the red cap which sports the blue C.
But according to ABC news, the club is not getting rid of the Chief Wahoo logo.
Team officials announced that the club will get rid of the cream home uniform that sports the Chief Wahoo logo on the sleeve.
But it seems that the club will make a small step towards phasing-out the controversial logo. Instead of the navy home cap, the club will wear the red cap (that came with the cream uniform) with the navy alternate home jersey. This cap sports the block C on the front. For the rest, the Chief Wahoo logo will remain on the left sleeve and on the all navy road cap and… most of all on the home cap that the club will wear with their regular white home uniform.
For the past 20 years, a group of Native Americans and other activists have been rallying for the name and logo of the team to change, saying it’s offensive and discriminatory.
Commissioner Rob Manfred, who acknowledged the logo is “offensive to some people, and all of us at Major League Baseball understand why,” put the burden on the Indians to deal with a tradition that has upset many fans.
“However, logos are primarily a local matter,” Manfred said at an October new conference. “The local clubs are responsible for its logos. Fans get attached to logos. They become part of a team’s history. So it will not be easy to get rid of the logo.
The Chief Wahoo logo first saw light in 1947 when the Indians started to wear it on the left sleeve. The logo appeared on their caps for the first time in 1954, combined with the C that the club was sporting already.
In 1958 the logo disappeared again but it returned for only one season in 1962 to return for good in 1986. Through the decades the logo has been a significant part of the uniform though as it was pitcured on the left sleeve or on the left chest of the jersey.