Cleveland fans looking to honor the team’s history will be able to get their hands on old merchandise AND help out a good cause at the same time — ’cause TMZ Sports has learned the Guardians will continue to roll out Indians merch … with proceeds going to charity.
Cleveland played its last game as the Indians on Sunday … with the organization officially rolling out its new branding as the “Guardians” at the conclusion of the 2021 season.
We’re told the Indians brand will not vanish forever, however — fans will be able to get as many t-shirts, jerseys and other memorabilia sporting the old nickname as they please … and our sources tell us the team plans to donate those items’ proceeds to charity.
FYI — Cleveland elected to do this in the past after retiring “Chief Wahoo” in 2018 … by keeping items with the mascot on shelves and writing a check to Native American organizations.
Our sources say the team is hoping to help a similar cause this time around with Indians gear … but nothing is set in stone just yet.
As for the Guardians, the team introduced the new look with a video narrated by Tom Hanks back in July … showing off new jerseys, logos and font stylization.
The merch news is great for Tribe fans holding on so dearly to the old name … but also, maybe give the Guardians a try?!?