The Cleveland Indians are bidding adieu to Chief Wahoo, their controversial Native American mascot who has served as the team’s primary logo until recently and has still had a major presence with the team.
The announcement was made on Monday, via the New York Times, as the team said the Wahoo logo, long derided as a racist caricature by many, would be fully removed from the team’s current set of jerseys and logos by 2019.
Debuting in 1948, the logo has remained in circulation even as the team has made it less prominent in favor of the new block “C” logo that currently adorns their main caps. The logo caused a stir in 2016 when a legal challenge was made in Canada to prevent the team from wearing clothing with the logo during a playoff series against the Toronto Blue Jays. Read more…