Indians Wordmark Logo
The Cleveland Indians have had a long and storied history in Major League Baseball, and their wordmark logo has been an integral part of that legacy. The first version of the team's logo was introduced in 1915, shortly after the franchise moved to Cleveland from Grand Rapids. This original design featured two crossed bats with a baseball resting on top accompanied by the words "Cleveland Indians" written inside an oval shape. This classic design remained unchanged for nearly 50 years until it was replaced with another iconic look in 1965.
This new iteration featured Chief Wahoo as its centerpiece - a caricature-style image of a Native American man wearing a traditional headdress along with his signature wide grin which made him instantly recognizable around the world. For more than half a century this mascot served as one of MLB’s most beloved logos before being retired officially in 2018 following criticism regarding its potentially offensive nature towards indigenous people groups throughout North America.
Today, Cleveland’s primary mark is simply their name written out across three lines using block lettering - no frills or extra imagery included at all; just “Indians” spelled out plainly for all to see when they take to the field each game day at Progressive Field or anywhere else around the league. It may not be quite as eye-catching as some other designs seen throughout MLB but it still carries plenty of weight when considering how much history lies behind those simple four letters alone!
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1994 - 2004
Double lined wordmark with “CLEVELAND” in black on the top and “Indians” scripted with a tail below all in red.Font: Unknown