Branding irons typically are used to mark livestock or steaks. One will be used to mark an asterisk on the baseball that earned Barry Bonds his record-breaking 756th home run.
More than 10 million votes were cast in an eight-day period over what to do with the ball.
Overall, more than 80 percent of voters felt the ball should go to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y. – but 47 percent of the voters wanted it branded first as a reminder of the allegations that Bonds used steroids.
Another 34 percent of voters thought the ball should be bestowed without being branded, and the other 19 percent wanted it blasted into outer space.
The poll was sponsored by a man with a brand of his own – Marc Ecko, a fashion designer who paid $752,467 for the ball.
To see news clips of Marc Ecko and get to YouTube and MySpace forums about the vote, go to http://www.vote756/marcecko.
Wendy K. Kleinman