The Clevand Indians will be changing their name from Indians which they took as the since 1915. Clevand Guardians will be the new name for the famous baseball team. Pretty soon, many of the teams will have to change their names like the Blackhawks, the Chiefs, and the Buccaneers. The beautiful logo of the proud Indians will soon be forgotton. One day not to far in the future people will say what was an American Indian?
In fact, there are now many people who are trying to get the original Cleveland Indian souvenirs with the logo of the smiling Indian, as their worth may soon go up in value. Of course, sites like Ebay and Amazon will disallow sales as they deem the logos racist. But this is the era in which we live.
Ironically, the name of the team was originally created in homage to the first American Indian to play in the major leagues. Louis Sockalexis, a 26-year-old member of the Penobscot tribe, first played for the then-Cleveland Spiders in 1897, and in fact was the first known minority to play in the major leagues, 50 years before Jackie Robinson took the field for the Brooklyn Dodgers. When the Indians took the field for the first time in 1915, many members of local tribes attended the game at the invitation of the new owner to the cheers of the overflow crowd.
Their is no op-ed for this Sunday for this story is more important.