Jim Thome is about to be enshrined in the Major League Baseball Hall Of Fame, and he's very deserving too. The Slugger will go in as a member of the Cleveland Indians, one of seven teams he played for. Thome is proud to go in as a member of the Indians, but he isn't proud of one thing that has been associated with the team for years. He doesn't want the Chief Wahoo logo on his HOF Plaque.
Thome, whose HOF worthy stats include 621 HR, 1699 RBI, and 5 All-Star appearances, has recently come out against using the logo.
"I know my decision would be to wear the 'C' because I think it's the right thing to do," Thome said. "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."
While HOF inductees do get to voice their preference on team and style of their plaque, the decision is ultimately up to the HOF committee. For what it's worth, the Indians wore Chief Wahoo caps for most of Thome's career. From 1991 through 2002, Wahoo was the primary cap for Thome's Indians, with a "Script-I" cap serving as an occasional alternate. In his second, brief stint with the Indians in 2011, the club did wear a block-C alternate cap.
The Indians themselves have announced earlier in the week that they will no longer use the Chief Wahoo logo on their uniforms starting in 2019. They will, however, continue selling fan merchandise with the iconic, yet to some offensive, Wahoo logo.