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Cleveland Indians To Play Final Game Before Name Change

By News Creatives Authors , in Business , at September 27, 2021

Topline

The Cleveland Indians baseball team will play their final home game of the year on Monday afternoon versus the Kansas City Royals at Progressive Field—their last game before they officially become known as the “Guardians” next year, after years of criticism for a name and logo viewed by many as racist.

Key Facts

The team, a member of the MLB’s American League, formally announced they were changing their name in December, and introduced the new “Guardians” makeover in July to mixed reviews from fans.

The decision was made in a bid to “unify” their community amid the racial reckoning sparked nationwide by the murder of George Floyd last year.

It’s the fifth time the team has changed its name and the first time since 1915, before which it was known as the “Naps” in honor of former star player Nap Lajoie.

Big Number

1,198. That’s the number of potential monikers that were considered before landing on “Guardians,” according to the team.

Key Background

Cleveland dropped their previous logo — a caricature of a grinning, bright red Native American man known as “Chief Wahoo” — in 2018 after decades of campaigning by different indigenous groups that included protesting on opening day each year. The Washington Football Team also changed its name from the racist “Redskins” in 2020 after similar criticism.

Further Reading

Name drop: Cleveland set to say goodbye to Indians for good” (Associated Press)

The Cleveland Baseball Team Plays Its Last Home Game as the Indians Today and This Guy Has the Only Right Take” (Cleveland Scene)

Cleveland’s plans to drop ‘Indians’ from team name is a welcome change but it’s long overdue, Native Americans say” (CNN)

US ‘Indians’ baseball team to drop name long considered racist” (Al Jazeera)

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