Cleveland Indians to retire Chief Wahoo in 2019

The Cleveland Indians announced that beginning with the 2019 season, they will remove the iconic but controversial mascot "Chief Wahoo" from their uniforms and baseball caps. His face will be effectively be removed from public appearance at the stadium

 

After long talks between Indians owner Paul Dolan and Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred, the team announced the decision to change the logo which they have used since 1947. To prevent copyright issues, they will continue to sell merchandise featuring Chief Wahoo locally in a small part of Ohio, but will no longer promote "Chief Wahoo" as their official logo

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In a statement about the decision, Dolan said "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."


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