The Cleveland professional baseball team has used the "Chief Wahoo" mascot since the 1940s. Photo: Erik Drost

National Baseball Hall of Fame won't use 'Chief Wahoo' any longer

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will no longer use the "Chief Wahoo" logo in new inductee plaques, after the Cleveland professional team said it was backing away from the stereotypical symbol.

The announcement on Wednesday cited a "shifting societal view of Native American logos in baseball." The policy starts with former Cleveland player Jim Thome, who previously said he didn't want the "Wahoo" logo on his plaque when he is inducted this summer, instead preferring the more generic "Block C" logo.

"I know my decision would be to wear the 'C' because I think it's the right thing to do," Thome said in February, The Cleveland Plain-Dealer reported in February. "I think I need to have a conversation with the Hall of Fame because of all the history and everything involved. I just think that's the right thing to do."

The "Wahoo" logo, however, won't be removed from any other place in the Hall of Fame and Museum, the institution said. It's still on display on another Cleveland player's plaque from 1972, for example.

The team in January said it was taking the controversial symbol from its uniforms. But it won't won't be getting rid of its race-based name or the logo and will still continue selling "Wahoo" merchandise in northeast Ohio.

Read More on the Story:
Chief Wahoo will not go on Baseball Hall of Fame plaques anymore (Yahoo Sports March 21, 2018)
Cooperstown follows MLB’s lead in regards to the Chief Wahoo logo (SBNation.Com March 21, 2018)
Baseball Hall of Fame says it won't use Chief Wahoo logo for future plaques (The Associated Press March 21, 2018)

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