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s. A. AKINS, A
' GAME. APPLICATION FILED MAR.25'. W15.
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S. A. AKINS.
2 SHEETS-SHEET 2.
TIP/PL ,STEPHEN A. Amas. or Kansas CITY, MISSOURI.
Specification of Letters Patent.
Patented Feb. 15, 1916.'
Application led March 25, 1915. Serial No. 16,892.
To all ughom it may concern',
Be it known that I, STEPHEN A. AKINs, a citizen of the' United States, residing at Kansas City, in the county of Jackson and State of Missouri, have invented. certain new and useful Improvements 1n Games, ot
simple apparatus of will accurately' display, substantially, :all
which'the following is av specification.
`My invention relatesto a base ball game apparatus, and my object is to provide a this character` which plays that arise in a regular game of major league base ball.
The apparatus may be-xnade in 'small sizes for convenient use on small tables in the home, or it Acan be made in large sizes adapted to be suspended from the walls of public V- Fig. 1.
halls where the progress of games can be watched by many persons.
A game can be played on the apparatus by one or more persons without changing said apparatus in any particular. In order that the invention may be fully understood, reference will now be made t0 the accompranying drawings, in which:
Figure lggis a plan view of the game. Fig. 2 is a longitudinal section on line IIe-II of Fig. 3 isa broken longitudinal section' of the game, with some of the parts removed. li'ig. 4 is a broken horizontal section on line lIi -IV ofFigfl. Fig. 5 is a longitudinal section on line V-V of Fig. '1. Fig. 6 is a detail of an annulus employed in carrying out the invention.` Fig. 7 is an enlarged section on line VII-VII of Fig. l. Fig. 8 is one of a plurality of disks employed to display men on bases.
In carrying out the invention, a suitable case 1, in which the mechanism .employed in playing the game is' inc losed.
The faceplate 1, of said case 1 hasa diamond printed or otherwise produced there- Said diamond represents the usual base lines 3, the home-plate designated. Home, and the first, second, and third bases, designated 1.-B. .Z-B, and 3-B, respectively. Foul lines 2u. extend from the first and third bases to rig-ht and left fields, respectively.r Openings C. 1--Bm, Q-Bm, and 3-Bm, are 'formed in the faceplate l `adjacent the home-plate and the inst, second, and third bases, respectively, for the display of the catcher, first baseman, second baseman, and third baseman of the ont team. An openingl S-S is 'formed in the face-plate la,
I the openings `in the face-plate `la.
I employ v between the second and third bases, to display the shortstops ot' the opposing teams 1n order, and an opening P is formed in the tace-plate la adjacent the center of the diamond 2 to display the opposing pitchers in their regular turn. An opening Ump is provided in the face-plate la, in the rear of the catchers opening C, to display an umpire, and an opening B is formed adjacent the home-plate to display the diderent batters in their time at bat. The face-plate la, also has openings arranged in proper relation to the openings above-referred to and designated Re-F, C-F, and L-F, for the display of the right, center, and left fielders, respectively.
The runners, or men on bases, are carried on disks 4, 5 and G,` arranged adjacent to l-B, 2,43, and 3-B, respectively. Each disk carries two diderent' colored ligures and 8 to' represent runners of the two opposing teams, distinguished from each other in the present instance by the titles Reds and Blues. For convenience i in turning the disks to display red or blue runners, each disk'is mountedI upon a knob 9, journaled in the face-platev 1a. By thus independently mounting the disks 4, 5 and G, all of the Abases may be either shown clear or occupied with runners, or any one or two bases may be shown occupied, as required during 4the vprogress of the game. The red and blue pitchersl are carried on a disk 10 arranged beneath the opening I and mounted upon a knob `11, journaled The catchers, basemen, short-stops and outelders of the two opposing teams are carried upon 'an annulus 1'2, the reds7 being designated It and the "blues B. The two umpires designated I, are also carried upon the annulus 12, which is rotatably mounted and surrounds the disks 4, 5, 6 and 10.
The annulus 1 2 is rotated' through intermediacy of a knob 13 extending through a segmental slot 14 in the 4,tace-plate la, and said annulus is guided in its movements by its knob 13 and a plurality of pins 15 secured to the faceplate la and extending through segmental slots 1G in the annulus. The annulusil/ has an inwardlvextending tongue i7 to bring the battersi of the op-l posing teams in proper relation to the batters opening B. During the progress of a game the annulus 12 is shifted only at theV "openings in the face-'place 1a.
termination of each halt` inning to bring the 2O journaled in the case 1 near the ends4 thereof.
,- VThe various'plays carried upon the apron 18 and a number of which are indicated on Fig. 3, are arranged in column form and for convenience are separated by horizontal and vertical lines 21 and 22, respectively. Said columns are arranged beneath display Said display openings are normally closed by shutters designating Bases clear, Men on 1 and 2 bases, Man on 1st base, Men on 1 and 3 bases, Man on 2nd base, Men on 2 and 3 bases, Man on 3rd base, and Bases full. By arranging the plays upon the apron 18 with proper regard to said openings, impossible plays cannot occur, but on the contrary only such. plays will be recorded in the progress of the game as actually occur in a professional game. The apron 18 is prevented from sagging awa/y from the openings below the shutters by a sustaining plate 18a, extending transversely across the interior of the case 1,
n order to prevent the apron'. 18 irom l teeth 23, -which successivelyv pass' through correspondingperforations 24 adjacent the margins of the apron. In the present instance the roller 19 is so proportioned` that each quarter revolution thereof advances the apron one step, or the distance between two wheel 25, coacting with a pawl 26 held in ator when' the roller 19 'has turned one' fourth of a revolution. For conyenience in rotating the roller 19, the ends of its-,shaft areprovided with hand-wheels 19a.
The shutters designated Bases clean,
etc., normally close their respective openings, so that the party rotating the roller 19 cannot see any of the plays recorded on the'apron 18, until he uncovers the proper the opposing parties playing the game will have an equal chance of winning the same. The shutters are mountedin' slideways 2 secured to the undersideof the .face-pla e 11a, and each shutter has a stem 29 extending through the adjacent end of the case 1 and provided with a handle 30. The shutheld in closed position by coil springs `31, embracing the stem's 29 and interposed between the adjacent end of the case 1 and shoulders V32 on said stems 29,
33 designates score recording /disksmounted upon knobs 33, journaled in 'the upper corners of the case 1. Each scoring diskl strikes are` recorded by disks 35, 36, 37, and 38, respectively, arranged at convenient points within the case 1 and mounted'uponv knobs 39 whereby they may be readily rotated. The disk 35 has an annular row 'of numerals from. 1 toV 9' or more, which are .displayed successivelyv through an opening 40 in the face-plate'la, at the termination of-each inning. The disk 36 bears numerals 1 to 3, inclusive, which are successively displayed through 'fan opening 41 in'4 the lters are automatically closed and normally ing, so that the score of each team can -be ycorrectly kept. The number of innings, outs, balls, andface-plate l, as eachmember of a team is'v M put out. The disk37 bears numerals 1 to 4, inclusive, adapted to be successively displayed through' van opening 42 in the face-v plate 1, to register the number of.balls called on each batter. Disk 38 hals numerals 1 to 3, inclusive, to be successively displayed through an opening 43 in the faceplate 1, to register-the strikes called on `each batter.
Assuming that by two parties one of whom represents the reds and .the'otlierthe blues, the one entitled to the field `is first'vdeterminedl by tossing a coin or any other suitable means. All ofi the d isk's are then rotated to. show the.v game is'to be played .iis
clear at their respective openings. If 'the wheels 19a as many revolutions as he desires, after which .he opens the shutter designated Bases clear. This exposes the play on the apron, which may be assumed as a"single." The 'disk 4 is then rotated vto expose a blue runner at thev first base opening.v .The first party then again rotates the hand-.wheels 19u as many revolutions asv desired', after which he opeis the slide des-v l ignated Man on 1st base to iind a play which may properly f properly occur with runners and third bases.
` opening 41 until -tates the hand Wheels 19% and opens indicating occur with the blue runner on first base. Assuming that the `play disclosed by the apron shows a double, the disk 4f is turned to clear and the disks 5 and 6 are turned to show blue runners at the second and third base openings. The first party then again notates the -handr Wheels 19 as many revolutions as. desired and opens the shutter designated Men on 2 and 3 bases77 to find a play which may on thesecond Assuming that the play exposed on the apron reads Ball .and Out trying` tofsteal home, the disk 6 is' rotated to show third base clear and the disk 36 is rotated until numeral 1 appears at the to indicate one out. The disk 37 is also vrotated todisplay its numeral 1. The first party then again rotates the handwheels 19a as far .as desired and opens the rslide designated Man on second base to expose fa play which may properly occur with the runner on sai base. 4Assuming that the open shutter discloses the Word Ball on the apron, the 'disk Si' is rotate-d until the numeral 2 appears at the opening 42. lThe firstparty then again rotates the hand wheels 19a and again opens the slide designated LLMan on second base. Assuming that the word Strike appears on the apron at the opening, the disk 38 is rotated.l the numeral 1 thereon appears at theV opening 43; The first party then again rothe slide Man on second base.7
the word Double be disclosed at the opensecond base ing the disks 3T andi38 are rotated to clear position andthe disk 33 is rotated to diaclo'se score l for the blues The first party then again rotates the hand-wheels 19a andV opens the slide indicating Man on and if the opening discloses the words 2 outs"7 the disk 36 is turned to disclose the numeral 3, thereon. As the fore going terminates the first halt of the first inning the disks and 5G are rotated to clear position and the annulus 12 is rotatedV in a tie at the end vas to remove the blue7 players from the 1n and out field positions, and shift the red players to said positions.' The second party then takes his position at the hand-wheels 19EL and proceeds in the samemanner as the first party until three outsv are registered. The disk 35 is then rotatedto disclose the numeral l thereon to indicate that one full inning has been played. Thus the game proceeds, each party taking his turn at the hand-wheels 19a until a full game of nine inningsis played. "Should the score resultk of the ninth inning, extra innings may be played until one team attains a greater score than its opponent and thus wins the game.
fliile l have shown the preferred connirnere and scope of Should I openings to display the players of the struction, combination, and arrangement of parts, l reserve the right to make such changes as properly fall within the spirit the claims.
Having thus described my l claim. and desire to secure ent, is:
1. ln an apparatus of the character described, a plate having through which invention, what by Letters Pat different plays maybe dis- 'closed and other openings through which players of two opposing teams may oe dis played in order in their respective in and out field positions, means beneath the last mentioned openings to display the players oi the opposing teams as required, means beneath the first mentioned openings to indicate difierent plays that arise during the progress of the game, andv shutters to normally close `said first-mentioned openings.
2'. ln an apparatus o the character de scribed, a )late having `a representation of a base ball field thereon and openings through which players of two opposing teams may be displayed in order in their respective in and out field positions, means beneath said openings 'to display the players of the opposing teams as required, means beneath other openings in the plate to indicate dilierent plays during the progress of a game, shutters to close' the last-mentioned openings, slideways in which saidv shutters operate, means for opening said shutters, and means for closing said shutters.
3. ln an apparatus of the character described, a plate .having openings through which players of two opposing teams may be displayed in order in their respective in and out field positions, means beneath said openings to display the players of the opposing teams as required, an endless apron containing various plays, which arise during the progress of the game1 means for shifting said apron, and means beneath other openings in the plate for uncovering the underlye ing plays.-
ll. ln an apparatus of the character described, a plate having openings through which players of two opposing teams may be displayed in order in their respective in and out field positions, means beneath said opposing teams as equiyefh an apron containing different plays rringed in columns, means for shifting said iipron, and means beneath Qther openings inthe plate for uncovering theunderlying plays.
5. ln an apparatus of scribed, a plate having openings through which players oi' two opposing teams may certain openings'v the character dci-l be displayed in order in i beneath? other? progress ofja game, rollers over whichsaid apron travels, 4means. for i'ota'tingone of said rollersftoffshift the apron'find means l `openings in the plate for un`A coif'eringthe underlying alays. i
6. In an apparatus o l the character describeda plate having openings through which players of two opposing teams may their respective in means beneath 'said of the opposand out 'field positions, openings to display the players ing teams as required, an endless apron con' taining various plays which. arise during the progress of a game, rollers around which said apron travels, and means coacting with one Vof said rollers to determine when the apron has moved a predetermined distance.
In an apparatus of the character ldescribed, a plate-having openings thr'ough which players of two opposing teams may be displayed in order inA their. respective in and out field positions,
`and out field positions, means beneath said openings to display the players of the oppos-A .ing teams as required, an apron containing columns of -plays ,which arise during the progress of a game, and means whereby certain columns may be chosen for of proper plays as they arise .during the progress of a game.
8. In an apparatus of the. character described, a member having openings therein through which different plays may be disclosed, movable means beneath said openings bearing the names of said plays, and means operably connected to said member to normally close said openings, during thevoper.- ation of said movable means.
9. In an` apparatus of the character 1de,- scribed, a member having openings through which players. of two opposing teams may be displayed in order in their an annulus having said players spaced representations of thereon in such manner that one operation of said annulus discloses players of one team and another operation of said'aimulus discloses players ofthe other team at said openings, and movable means surrounded by said annulus and containing representations of baserunners of the opposing teams to be disl played at base openings in the first-men- -tioned member.
' 10. In an apparatus of the character de- .Y yf,c-mbd.:a member having openings through which players of two opposing teams may be displayed in order in their respective in and the .display respective in i pianale out field positions, a-n-annulus having representations of said players spaced thereon in such manner that one operation of said an- -nulus discloses players of one team and of said annulus discloses- 11. In an apparatus of the'charaoter de-V scribed, a member having openings through which players of two opposing teams may V be displayed in orderin their respectiveI in and out field positions, an, annulus vhaving representations of said players spaced thereon in such manner that one .operation of said annulus discloses players of one team and another operation of said annulus discloses players of the other team at independent notary members surrounded by said'annulus and containing representations of base runners and pitchers of the oppos ing teams to be displayed at base openings and a pitchers opening, respectivelyfin the first-mentioned. member, 'and' means for actuating said rotary members.
1:2. In anapparatus of the character described, 'a member'having openings through which and out field positions, and an annulus having an inwardly extending tongue and representations of players spaced thereon and on said tongue in such manner that one operation of said annulusl discloses certain players of both teams at said openings and another operation discloses certain other players of both teams at said openings.
13. In an apparatus of the character de.- scribed, a member having openings therein through which different 'playsmay be disclosed, movable means beneath said open-' said' openings,`
players of two opposing teams may be displayed in order in their respective 1n` ings bearing the names of said plays, means to close said openings during the operation of said movable means, and means to indicate when the plays successively register with the openings.
vIn testimony whereof I aiiix my signature, in the presence of two witnesses.
. STEPHEN A. AKINS.
A.. M. AKINS, L. J. FIsoHEn.