is a vintage 1970 official All-Star game ballot Box
Display, Sponsored by Gillette. This display
was to be inserted into a ballot box where the ballots
were to be inserted after voting. The Ballot (shown
below) could also be sent in by mail. The ballot
features boxes to be punched out to vote for the player
to be chosen. This was the first year the vote was
entrusted to the fans since 1958. Between 1933, and 1958
ballots were printed up by local newspapers, and
publications to make it easier for the fans to vote.
Each position player was to be written in, and placed
into a ballot box or mailed.
Arch Ward, the sports editor of the Chicago Tribune, put together the first
All-Star Game as a part of Chicago's Exposition that year.
The All-Star Game managers selected the entire lineups from 1933 to 1946.
Starting in 1947 the fans were entrusted with selection of the starting
lineups until 1957 when the Cincinnati Reds fans stuffed
the ballot box and selected 7 Reds and Stan Musial. The Cincinnati Enquirer had printed up pre-marked
ballots and distributed them with the Sunday newspaper to make it easy for Reds fans to vote often.
Commissioner Ford Frick stepped in to replace two of the
Cincinnati starters and, in 1958, balloting was taken
away from the fans and given to major league players,
coaches, and managers. Voting was restored to the fans
in 1970 and has been entrusted to them ever since.
Official All-Star Game Ballot