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Baseball playoffs put team's racist name, mascot in spotlight


Jerry Howarth cannot bring himself to say “the Cleveland Indians.” He finds the team’s name and mascot insulting. Lots of people do. But lots of people aren’t the play-by-play voice of the Toronto Blue Jays, who open the American League Championship Series against the Cleveland Indians. Jerry Howarth is.

It’s been that way since he got a letter in 1992, when the Blue Jays were in the World Series against the Atlanta Braves.

“For the rest of my career I will not say ‘Indian’ or ‘Brave,’ and if I was in the NFL, I would not say ‘Redskins,’” Howarth says.


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