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By Fred Wallace

Major League Baseball Club Moniker Examined



Hi this is Fred Wallace with " Off the Wire " brought to you by your local Auto Logic, the Logical Choice.

During the World Series I received one, just one, admonishment for calling the Cleveland Indians...the Cleveland Indians.

There are those in North America and beyond who believe sports monikers like Indians, Braves and Redskins should be abolished.

I'm not among them.

First of all, from my earliest days of watching the Midland Indians Baseball team play at Herb Beauchamp Park, I've had no issue with the moniker, because, that's the name of the team.

When the owners and operators of the Indians, Braves and Redskins change their monikers, I'll change too.

By sticking with the existing monikers, does that make me racist ?

Geez, I'd hope not.

If I'm a racist, I'd think that would come as a shock to Wayne King of the California Golden Seals, John Monague of the Penetanguishene Kings, Ryan Davis of the Owen Sound Platers, Travis Jones of the Wiarton Red Devils and many other exceptional athletes, aboriginal or otherwise, I've admired and spotlighted through the years.

Finally, I also think it's fair to say that by calling the Cleveland Indians, the Cleveland Indians, in no way am I perpetuating a stereotype.

If however, in the course of describing the events of a sporting activity I utilized terms like " pow-wow " or " war path ", for example, then I would have crossed a stereotypical line and would fully accept the admonishment.

But based on the 2016 World Series I see nothing offensive or derogatory about calling the Cleveland Indians what they are; the Cleveland Indians.

I'm Fred Wallace

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