Chief Wahoo first appeared on Cleveland uniforms in 1948, which coincides with the last title in franchise history. Last year, a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in another case made it clear that the Redskins name can not be stripped of trademark protection just because some find it offensive.
In the past, the commissioner had said logos were typically a local issue while acknowledging he understood why folks would find Chief Wahoo offensive.
"Major League Baseball is committed to building a culture of diversity and inclusion throughout the game", Manfred said in a release.
According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Chief Wahoo logo debuted in 1932, when the newspaper ran a comic strip called "The Little Indian", featuring a Native American, to recap the previous day's results. "During our constructive conversations, [team owner] 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", Manfred continued.
Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. announced today that the Cleveland Indians will remove the "Chief Wahoo" logo from their uniforms, effective with the 2019 season. He is a leader of the Change the Mascot campaign against the team name of the Washington NFL club.
"We have consistently maintained that we are cognizant and sensitive to both sides of the discussion", the team's chairman and chief executive, Paul Dolan, wrote in a statement.
Beginning in the 2019 season, Major League Baseball's Cleveland Indians will do away with the cartoonish Native American logo/mascot-which many felt was racist-that it has employed for decades.
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The Cleveland Indians will stop using their controversial Chief Wahoo logo on uniforms in 2019, Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred announced Monday. David Waldstein of the New York Times also reported that the logo will not appear on signs or banners at their ballpark, Progressive Field.
"Chief Wahoo" is out in Cleveland. That concession will allow the team to retain its trademark to the logo.
Every year, groups of Native Americans and their supporters have protested outside the stadium before the home opener in hopes of not only getting the team to abolish Chief Wahoo but to change the Indians' nickname, which they feel is an offensive depiction of their race.
Cleveland won't break away from Wahoo in an instant, however.
There are those who believe the move to abandon Chief Wahoo is long overdue.
"I would have just ripped off the Band-Aid", Brown said.