Yahoo! Wahoo is gone!
Sort of. Following one more Major League Baseball season, the Cleveland Indians will stop wearing the caricature crest of Chief Wahoo that became affiliated with the franchise in 1947. Although the team has recently erased many of the references to the cartoonish logo, it will still adorn game uniforms through 2018 and continue being available on merchandise sold in the Cleveland area.
A long time ago, Cleveland’s baseball team was called the Spiders. Then it was called the Naps, to honour future Hall of Famer Nap Lajoie. When he retired the team became the Indians.
Although the franchise insists the name was intended to honour a Native American who had played for the team, the initial announcement in 1915 was steeped in racism.
Racism complaints have continued for more than 100 years, highlighted by protests to start every baseball season.
Dumping Wahoo won’t fix everything, but it’s a start.