Baseball Hall of Fame to stop using Chief Wahoo

Baseball Hall of Fame to stop using Chief Wahoo
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Chief Wahoo and "Block-C" logos are seen at Progressive Field, the home stadium of the Cleveland Indians.

The Baseball Hall of Fame will no longer use the Cleveland Indians’ Chief Wahoo logo on its plaques.

The hall made the decision known in a statement released Wednesday concerning incoming Hall of Famer Jim Thome’s Hall of Fame plaque.

Instead of the Native American caricature, which has been widely characterized as offensive and racist, Thome’s plaque will feature him wearing the Indians’ “Block-C” logo on his team cap.

Thome, who played for the Indians for 13 of his 22 seasons in the majors, told reporters in February that he wanted his plaque to feature the “C” logo because it was “the right thing to do.”

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Major League Baseball announced in January that the Indians will be removing the Chief Wahoo logo from its uniforms after the 2018 season, with MLB Commissioner pointing to a commitment to “building a culture of diversity and inclusion throughout the game.”

“The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum concurs with the Commissioner’s sentiment and acknowledges the shifting societal view of Native American logos in baseball,” the hall’s statement says.

While new plaques won’t feature Chief Wahoo, the logo can still be found on Early Wynn’s 1972 Hall of Fame plaque as well as in exhibits in the hall’s museum.