The Cleveland Indians are finally parting ways with their Chief Wahoo logo.
Beginning in 2019, the team’s jerseys will no longer feature the Native American caricature, which has been widely characterized as offensive and racist. The change was announced Monday by Major League Baseball.
The Indians had already been shifting away from using the symbol. The team adopted a “C” as its main logo in recent years.
The Chief Wahoo symbol, however, was still stitched onto their uniforms.
“Over the past year, we encouraged dialogue with the Indians organization about the club’s use of the Chief Wahoo logo,” MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement.
“During our constructive conversations, Paul Dolan made clear that there are fans who have a longstanding attachment to the logo and its place in the history of the team. 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.”
The Indians and the NFL’s Washington Redskins were long-time holdouts in the shift away from Native American mascots and logos by many teams and universities.
The Redskins continue to use the name and a logo showing the profile of a Native American.