This year's ASG will be held in Washington and for the first time will be dedicated to an individual. The ASG is being dedicated to Clark Griffith, long time Washington owner and one of the games elder statesmen. Griffith died shortly after the 1955 World Series.
This season the ASG has had a controversy regarding the fan balloting. Fans were given the vote starting the 1947 game and Arch Ward's paper, the Chicago Tribune, served as a clearing house for the voting. Ward died during the 1955 All Star Break and this year the Tribune decided not to involve itself with the balloting. Different papers are now sharing the vote tabulation and Cincinnati fans have been accused of stuffing the ballot boxes.
President Eisenhower was scheduled to throw out the first pitch, but had to cancel because of illness.
The day before the Game Stan Musial will be honored as the Player of the Decade (1946-55). This award was the brainchild of Bob Feller and was voted on by the baseball writers. Ted Williams and Joe DiMaggio were the runners up. Musial will receive a grandfather clock.