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Chief Wahoo will no longer be allowed on Hall of Fame plaques

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum on Wednesday issued a statement announcing that Chief Wahoo, the longtime, controversial symbol used for decades by the Cleveland Indians, will no longer be allowed on any new player plaques going forward.

As noted in the Hall of Fame’s statement, the Chief Wahoo issue took on elevated relevance this year due to Jim Thome’s upcoming induction this summer, who will be enshrined wearing an Indians cap.

Thome actually was pushing for his Hall of Fame plaque not to include the Chief Wahoo logo. Speaking shortly after learning he was voted in as a member of the 2018 class earlier this year, Thome said, “I know my decision would be to wear the ‘C’ because I think it’s the right thing to do.”

Further, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred announced earlier this year that beginning in 2019, the Indians will no longer utilize Chief Wahoo branding, saying in part that the Indians “ultimately agreed with my position that the logo is no longer appropriate for on-field use in Major League Baseball.”

Nor in the Hall of Fame, given Wednesday’s announcement.