Chief Wahoo, the longtime logo of the Indians, will be gone after the 2018 season. The Indians, according to the New York Times, will disassociate themselves with the logo and will no longer wear it on their uniforms or caps following the 2018 season. The logo has been a flashpoint for the team for several years, drawing criticism and lawsuits from Native American groups who consider it racist. Chief Wahoo, in one rendition or another, has been worn on Indians uniforms since 1947. Then owner Bill Veeck made it part of the team's uniform. Walter Goldbach, a 17-year-old draftsman, designed the first logo. Goldbach, 88, died in December. The logo recently has drawn criticism from Commissioner Rob Manfred. Owner Paul Dolan and Manfred have met several times since 2016 to discuss the matter. When Manfred awarded the Indians the 2019 All-Star Game, it seemed unlikely that any Cleveland player participating in the Midsummer Classic would be wearing Chief Wahoo on their uniforms.
Indians will discontinue use of Chief Wahoo for 2019 season
Cleveland Plain Dealer | Jan 29