An investigation launched by CommissionerFord Frick found that over half of the ballots cast came from Cincinnati, with the Cincinnati Enquirer printing up pre-marked ballots and distributing them with the Sunday edition of the newspaper to make it easy for Redlegs fans to vote often for their favorite players, while stories emerged of bars in Cincinnati refusing to serve alcohol to customers until they filled out a ballot.
The real guilty party in this affair was the most popular television/radio host Cincinnati ever had, Ms. Ruth Lyons, Cincinnati's biggest cheerleader, who had a live, 90 minute, five day a week television/radio show simulcast in four different regional cities. The show ran for 40 years with sponsors waiting a year to get an advertisement on the show because one word from Ms.Lyons and all the women in the Cincinnati area would do whatever she asked. During the spring/summer of 1957 Ms. Lyons made a point of urging everyone to vote for the Reds all stars. It was Ms. Lyons who urged all the Cincinnati papers to print pre-marked all star ballots. It became a source of civic pride that summer in Cincinnati to the point that, as noted above, bars wouldn't serve anyone unless they filled out a ballot. Those that lived through this in Cincinnati area at the time still insist that Ms. Lyons was the cause of all of this.
Frick appointed Willie Mays of the New York Giants and Hank Aaron of the Milwaukee Braves to substitute for Bell and Post, and to strip the fans of their voting rights; Bell was kept as a reserve, while Post was injured and would have been unable to play in any event. Managers, players, and coaches picked the entire team until 1970, when the vote again returned to the fans, and to avoid a repeat of this incident, MLB officials evenly distributed the 26 million ballots to 75,000 retail outlets and 150 minor and major league stadiums, while a special panel was also created to review the voting.