Cleveland Indians may change name for first-time since 1915

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Cleveland Indians may be on its way to changing its name. Some people believe that the word ‘Indians’ is offensive.

This is the same thing that is causing the Washington Redskins to re-evaluate its game. A name that has been in place since 1937.

Cleveland Indians infielder Francisco Lindor reacts after hitting a solo home run against the Houston Astros
Francisco Lindor reacts after hitting a solo home run against the Houston Astros (Getty Images)

The Indians have been known by their name since 1915. However, due to the “Cancel Culture” and companies willing to pull millions of dollars from these teams, they are being forced to look deeper into their names that have been around for more than a century.

“We are committed to making a positive impact in our community and embrace our responsibility to advance social justice and equality,” the team said in a statement. “Our organization fully recognizes our team name is among the most visible ways in which we connect with the community. We have had ongoing discussions organizationally on these issues. The recent social unrest in our community and our country has only underscored the need for us to keep improving as an organization on issues of social justice.

“With that in mind, we are committed to engaging our community and appropriate stakeholders to determine the best path forward with regard to our team name. While the focus of the baseball world shifts to the excitement of an unprecedented 2020 season, we recognize our unique place in the community and are committed to listening, learning, and acting in the manner that can best unite and inspire our city and all those, who support our team.”

The Cleveland Indians were many names before its present name. Before becoming the Indians, they were known as the Grand Rapids Rustlers and the Cleveland Lake Shores.

The team also was named the Cleveland Bluebirds, then came the Cleveland Napoleons. Then, the Indians came about in 1915.

Other names the team was called were the Cleveland Infants in 1890. They were also names the Cleveland Spiders from 1887 to 1899. The team was also called the Cleveland Blues from 1882-1884 and the Cleveland Forest Citys in 1879 through 1881.

From 1865 through 1872, the team was known as the Forest Citys of Cleveland.

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