Alvinston baseball club drops Indians name, Chief Wahoo logo
'If the pros won't, we will,' players say in video
A southwestern Ontario minor baseball club is changing its name from the Indians, in a move designed to show respect to Indigenous communities.
The minor club in Alvinston, Ont. modelled its nickname and logo from the Cleveland Indians of Major League Baseball for 60 years. Alvinston is a town of 2,500 about 50 kilometres from Sarnia, Ont..
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Their uniforms included the controversial caricature of an Indigenous person known as Chief Wahoo, which is also shown on the Cleveland Indians jersey and baseball caps.
That logo has been subject to criticism as the Cleveland Indians have advanced through the MLB playoffs to the World Series. Critics have taken to using #NotYourMascot to express displeasure with the name.
Players and coaches from Alvinston posted a video on Facebook explaining their decision and have set up a GoFundMe page to raise funds to pay for new uniforms, equipment and a scoreboard.
They've adopted the slogan, 'If the pros won't, we will,' using that phrase several times in the video.
As of Monday, the video was viewed more than 27,000 times.