Eddie Bennett earned fame in the dugouts of the Major Leagues. He had almost slipped from memory when New Yorkers teamed up to honor his short, dramatic life.
The private university in Indiana, which is affiliated with the Lutheran Church, said the Crusader name could be associated with “aggressive religious oppression and violence.”
The Chiefs, Braves, Blackhawks and Seminoles need to follow the Cleveland baseball team in dropping their offensive names.
Leaders in the movement to rid sports of such nicknames and the logos that accompany them saw a domino effect building in public schools after two major professional teams made changes. But there are staunch holdouts.
The decision comes amid a wider push for sports teams to stop using Native American names and imagery as team names and mascots.
“He might love you one week and the next week, he wouldn’t come near you,” said an observatory official. “Typical cat.”
Mesut Ozil, one of soccer’s highest-paid stars, has offered to save the club’s beloved dinosaur mascot, who has been delighting supporters and players for 27 years.
A minor league team in Spokane, Wash., has steadfastly stood by its nickname with the support of the local Native American community.
The Washington N.F.L. team has long been a target of protests but now that its owner has budged, activists are pushing for other teams to follow suit.
The N.F.L. team in Washington announced the move Monday and will continue its search for a new name and logo.
It is not just the N.F.L.’s Washington team that could get a name change. A number of schools are also reconsidering nicknames, though some are resisting any switch.
The move toward changing a mascot name after decades of complaints underscores how America’s most popular sport has scrambled to keep up with shifts in public opinion.
The review — a prelude to a potential change — comes after years of protest from those who find the name offensive and defiance from the team’s owner.
Companies and sports teams are trying to correct America’s painful history of overtly hurtful advertising. But not all.
The company, a farmer-owned cooperative formed in 1921, said it would replace the decades-old illustration with photos of its members on some products.