The death of Hank Aaron on Friday reinforced calls for Atlanta Braves To change their name in his honor.
Since Aaron was known as “Hammerin ‘Hank” when he was finger-hitting during his illustrious career, fans started inviting Braves to change their name to Hammers.
An online petition at Change.org started spreading online after Aaron’s death.
“The renaming serves two important purposes: 1) it honors the icon that has represented our city with grace and dignity for more than half a century, and 2) removes the stain of the city from having a team name insulting to the natives and the indigenous people. The petition said that“ the trail of tears began in the area the team considers its home “.
The petition received more than 300 signatures as of Saturday evening.
Dale Murphy appeared to be among the first to endorse the idea in 2018.
The MLB team has been called upon to change their name – a Native American title – in light of the Washington soccer team change last summer and next. Cleveland Indians They change.
“There is no better time to take this action due to the trend initiated by the Washington soccer team, whose name will soon be changed to the Cleveland Indians, and with the arrival of Major League Baseball All-Star Game in Atlanta later this year. A name to honor someone and a player they can be proud of. Atlanteans and the Americans. “
There was no indication that the name would be changed. Braves has been around for over 100 years.
“We are very proud of the name of our team, and we expect to always be the Atlanta Brave,” Braves president Terry McGuire told Atlanta Journal-Constitution in December.
“I would say unequivocally that the name Atlanta Braves will remain is Atlanta Braves. We got to the position as a result … a lot of listening to our fans, to the Native American community. We’ve spent the past six months trying to make sure, we’re rooted in All we say is moving forward, so I’ll answer once again the question: Yes, we will be the Atlanta Braves. ”
During the summer, the fans said they would consider distancing themselves from the use of the “tomahawk chop” movement and the chant used by spectators when the fans are allowed to return to their stadium.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.