Braves scrap “screaming Indian” logo for baseball caps

February 11, 2013
Eric O'Flaherty works out in front of the team's logo. (David J. Phillips / AP)
Eric O’Flaherty works out in front of the team’s logo. (David J. Phillips / AP)

As the debate over team nicknames and images involving Native Americans goes on, one team has decided to scrap a logo it was considering for its spring training/batting practice caps.

The Atlanta Braves will not use the so-called “screaming Indian” image. Instead, they’ll go with a letter A. Debate over the cap begane when Uni Watch published images of the caps, giving the design an “F” and writing:

Last year the Braves conspicuously avoided using their “screaming Indian” logo as a sleeve patch on their retro alternate jersey — a welcome move for those of us who oppose the appropriation of Native American imagery in sports. Unfortunately, it turns out that the logo hasn’t been permanently mothballed. Disappointing.

Now, will the Cleveland Indians follow suit and change the design of their throwback T-shirts, which feature a grinning Chief Wahoo? And is this the beginning of a trend?

Follow @CindyBoren on Twitter and on Facebook.

More

Forum: Is it time to change the Redskins’ nickname?

Jim Vance calls for Redskins’ name change

Redskins’ name change debated at symposium

Robert McCartney: This fan votes for a name change

Courtland Milloy: The time has come for a change

Mike Wise: Only RGIII can make the Redskins change their name. And he won’t.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
Comments
Show Comments
Most Read Sports
Stats, scores and schedules
Next Story
Cindy Boren · February 11, 2013

Every story. Every feature. Every insight.

Yours for as low as JUST 99¢!

Not Now