Indians removing Chief Wahoo logo from game uniforms in 2019

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According to the Times, fans still will be able to purchase items featuring the logo at souvenir shops within Progressive Field in Cleveland and at retail shops in northern OH, but such items will not be sold at Major League Baseball's website.

"Major League Baseball is committed to building a culture of diversity and inclusion throughout the game", MLB's commissioner, Rob Manfred, said in a statement.

The Indians began using a similar logo in 1946, but changed it to the current Chief Wahoo one in 1950.

"During our constructive conversations, (Indians part owner and CEO) 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", he added.

The Cleveland Indians agreed to remove the smiling "Chief Wahoo" logo that has been on team uniforms since 1947, the team and Major League Baseball said on Monday, a victory for critics who have long criticized the image as a racist caricature.

Protestors voice their opinion about Cleveland Indians mascot Chief Wahoo outside Progressive Field prior to the game between the Cleveland Indians and the Minnesota Twins on April 4, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. Topps, the company that markets baseball cards, replaced the Chief Wahoo logo with the "C" in 2017 and made a point to feature photographs of players not wearing the logo.

Philadelphia and Cleveland haven't played since the 2016 season when the Phillies swept a three-games series, which included a Ryan Howard walk-off home run in the 11th inning of the series opener. The announcement comes following thoughtful and productive discussions between Major League Baseball and the Indians.

Over the last few years, the club has been transitioning away from the logo. Hardcore fans will still be able to purchase Wahoo-related merchandise throughout OH, including the souvenir shop at Progressive Field, though related merch will be removed from the official M.L.B. website.

The Indians had already been shifting away from using the symbol.

While the team has used the image of a Native American as their logo for almost 100 years, it wasn't until the late 1940's that the Wahoo logo was used but Wahoo has remained, for the most part, unchanged since then. But fans will still be able to buy it at souvenir shops in the stadium and at select retailers. Cleveland's baseball fans have hurled beer cans and spat on them. A well known-Philadelphia rival Washington Redskins team has fought against the changing of their name.

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