3. The Indians Killed Off Chief Wahoo
In January, after years of protest from Native American groups and beyond, the Cleveland Indians announced that it will, at long last, remove the Chief Wahoo logo from its caps and jerseys. The grinning Native American caricature has been affiliated with the club since the late 1940s, but pressure from the league to do away with it had mounted in recent years. By 2019, Wahoo will be gone for good, and a block C logo will take its place. The team isn’t changing its name, however—another point of complaint—and Wahoo will still appear on merchandise and, no doubt, plenty of fan gear worn to games. (Atlanta Braves fans haven’t desisted from doing the tomahawk chop, after all.) Still, the on-field change is a step in the right direction.
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