CLEVELAND (AP) Newly elected Hall of Famer Jim Thome won’t be enshrined with Chief Wahoo.
Thome played most of his career with the Cleveland Indians and ”fully” supports the team’s decision to remove the divisive Wahoo logo from its uniforms. He prefers to have the club’s block ”C” logo on his Cooperstown plaque.
The slugger feels the ”C” logo is ”the right thing to do.” Thome plans to speak with his wife, Andrea, and Hall of Fame officials before making a final decision.
Thome wore the Chief Wahoo logo while playing for the Indians from 1991-2002 and again when he returned in 2011. The left-handed hitter belted 612 home runs, eighth on the career list.
The Wahoo logo will be removed from jersey sleeves and caps starting in the 2019 season, when Cleveland hosts the All-Star Game.