Indians Unveil Red Jerseys, Completely Remove Chief Wahoo
The Indians have unveiled a "new, red alternate home jersey, as well as minor changes to the other three options," and among the changes is that Chief Wahoo is "no longer a part of the uniforms or hats," according to Ryan Lewis of the AKRON BEACON JOURNAL. The new alternate has a red base color with the script “Indians” written "across the chest in navy blue." This uniform "joins the white home jerseys with script 'Indians' in red and the two road uniforms, gray and navy blue, with 'Cleveland' in block letters emblazoned on the front." The navy blue uniforms "will only be worn on the road" (AKRON BEACON JOURNAL, 11/20). In Cleveland, Joe Noga notes there will be "one cap at home," and it features a "navy base with a red bill and the Block C logo as well as a patch" with the '19 All-Star logo on the side. The new alternate home uniform has the "same piping style on the sleeves and collar." It marks just the "second time in franchise history that the team will feature red as an official uniform," the last time being from '75-77. For away games, the Indians will "have the option of wearing their traditional gray tops or a new alternate road blue colored jersey." The road uniforms will "feature one cap." The all-Navy cap with the red Block C will be the "only road cap the team will wear." Indians Senior VP/Public Affairs Bob DiBiasio said that the team is "still working through the process of deciding whether there will be a permanent third logo to replace Chief Wahoo" (Cleveland PLAIN DEALER, 11/20).
BLUE STREAK: In St. Louis, Derrick Goold in a front-page piece notes the Cardinals unveiled a "new powder blue -- or, 'victory' blue -- jersey," marking the "first significant jersey change in six seasons." The blue is "similar to what the Cardinals wore" in '82, though it "appears now in the Saturday home style -- with a script 'St. Louis' and the red piping around the buttons and on the sleeves." The team will "wear the blue for road Saturday games." The original "victory" blue jerseys debuted in '76 and continued through '84 (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 11/20).