Only a few days ago the Cleveland Indians announced that the controversial “Chief Wahoo” will be stricken from the uniform from the 2019 season on. Jim Thome is making sure that it won’t be making another appearance permanently in Cooperstown.
Thome, who was inducted in his first attempt and will go in as an Indian is requesting that the “C” will adorn his cap. While the final decision on the hat on the plaque lies with Cooperstown there is no reason to think that there should be an issue. There are fourteen Hall of Famers who went in as Indians and only one (Early Wynn) has Chief Wahoo on the hat. The rest have no logo or a varying version of the “C”.
As for why Thome made this decision he had this to say:
"I know my decision would be to wear the 'C' because I think it's the right thing to do, I think I need to have a conversation with the Hall of Fame because of all the history and everything involved. I just think that's the right thing to do."
From our point of view, we applaud the decision of Thome and are again congratulating him on entering the Baseball Hall of Fame.