The Indians' bid to host the 2019 All-Star Game, which it was ultimately awarded, further heightened debate over Wahoo.
Debuting in 1948, the logo has remained in circulation even as the team has made it less prominent in favor of the new block "C" logo that now adorns their main caps.
The logo has been a point of contention from almost the moment it was introduced in 1948.
As the New York Times first reported Monday morning, the Indians will drop the stereotypical Native American caricature as a logo on their uniforms by the start of the 2019 season. "While we recognize many of our fans have a longstanding attachment to Chief Wahoo, I'm ultimately in agreement with Commissioner Manfred's desire to remove the logo from our uniforms in 2019".
Chief Wahoo is on his way out.
"Look, I see a difference between behavior from one player directed specifically at a player and a logo", Manfred said after suspending Gurriel last October.
The polarizing mascot is coming off the team's jersey sleeves and caps starting in the 2019 season, a move that will end Chief Wahoo's presence on the field but may not completely silence those who deem it racist.
According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Chief Wahoo logo debuted in 1932, when the newspaper ran a comic strip called "The Little Indian", featuring a Native American, to recap the previous day's results. During our constructive conversations, [Indians Chairman 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.
Indians fans have been split over the years about whether the logo is racially-insensitive and should be removed with many groups saying the Indians should find another logo to represent the team.
In truth, he's been dying for a long time as the Indians have walked a fine line between angering its mascot-embracing fans and slowly transitioning away from its use. Merchandise with the logo will continue to be available in Progressive Field gift shops. However, longtime fans of the team have resisted talk of changing the logo due to their attachment to it and the organization.
Of course the big question is how does this impact the Washington Redskins?
The source added that the selective sale of Chief Wahoo gear is being made in order to keep other parties from profiting from the logo.