Cleveland Indians unveil their first new uniforms without Chief Wahoo in 70 years

Baseball’s most contentious uniform is gone as of the 2019 season. The Cleveland Indians, at the urging of Major League Baseball, have said goodbye to Chief Wahoo as an on-field logo after years of protests and bickering about whether he’s still appropriate in 2018.

At this point, no matter what side of the debate you’re on, what’s done is done and Wahoo is gone. This also means the Indians needed some new threads for 2019. New home alternate jerseys were unveiled Monday in Cleveland. They didn’t have Wahoo’s red face, but they still had plenty of red:

Notable: The logo for the 2019 All-Star Game, which Cleveland is hosting, gets the shoulder-patch treatment. That’s where Wahoo lived in recent years — even as the team shifted to the “Block-C” being its primary logo, Wahoo still got a shoulder patch and a spot on the team’s secondary cap. Wahoo was the team’s primary logo from 1946 until 2013.

'Chief Wahoo' mascot celebrated by Cleveland fans
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'Chief Wahoo' mascot celebrated by Cleveland fans
CLEVELAND, OH - JULY, 26: A fan waits in line for concessions at Progressive Field on July 26 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Dustin Franz for the Washington Post)
CLEVELAND, OH - APRIL 5: Cleveland Indians fans hold up Chief Wahoo signs prior to the game against the Boston Red Sox the opening day game at Progressive Field on April 5, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 25: A fan holds up two Chief Wahoo heads during Game 1 of the 2016 World Series between the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by LG Patterson/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - JULY, 26: Tray Gabriel, 25 of Youngstown, cheers for the Indians dressed as a Native American during the July 26th game against the Nationals at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Dustin Franz for the Washington Post)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN- APRIL 17: A Cleveland Indians hat with Chief Wahoo against the Minnesota Twins on April 17, 2017 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Indians defeated the Twins 3-1. (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***
Sep 12, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians fans celebrate the team's 20th consecutive win after defeating the Detroit Tigers at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
ANAHEIM, CA - SEPTEMBER 21: A Cleveland Indians fan looks on before an MLB game between the Cleveland Indians and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on September 21, 2017 at Angel Stadium of Anaheim in Anaheim, CA. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

No more. MLB announced earlier this year that Wahoo was “no longer appropriate” and the Indians announced he’d be going away for 2019, a decision that inspired plenty of push-back from loyal Indians fans and people who hate anything resembling political correctness.

This will certainly spill into 2019, as the team prepares for its first Wahoo-less season. And when it takes the field, here’s a full rundown of what Cleveland will look like:

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