All-Star Ballots Near 4 Million Votes

July 5, 1948

The biggest baseball popularity contest ever concludes tonight when fan voting for the 15th annual All-Star Game is concluded.

Returns from 452 newspapers reached a total of 3,632,596 ballots and were still pouring in. The 21-day battle to be named the starters for each league concludes tonight. Ballots are in today’s Cleveland Plain Dealer and must be turned in to their office by midnight tonight to be counted. Final tallies must be reported to the Chicago-Tribune before being finalized and announced on Wednesday.

Ken Keltner trails Detroit’s George Kell for the starting position by less than 34,000 votes, and Joe Gordon leads Boston’s Bobby Doerr by a little more than 81,000 tallies. Lou Boudreau is a virtual lock to start at shortstop, as he leads Boston’s Vern Stephens by nearly 300,000 votes. Boudreau is third overall, behind Ted Williams and St. Louis’ Stan Musial, for the overall vote leader.

American League manager Bucky Harris of the New York Yankees and National League manager Leo Durocher of the Brooklyn Dodgers will select the reserves and pitchers. Bob Lemon seems a certainty since he is tied for the majors lead in wins. The 15th annual All-Star Game will be played at Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis in July 13.

Photo: Cleveland Plain Dealer digital archives

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