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7 .B. KENNEDY BASEBALL COVER Filed Oct. 18 1923 ATTORNEYS Patented July 29, lgzi BERT KENNEDY, QF GLOVER-SVILLE, NEW YORK.
Application filed October 18, 1923.
To all whom it may concern:
Be it known that I, BERT KENNEDY, a citizen of the United States, and a resident of Gloversville, in the county of Fulton and State of New York, have invent-ed certain new and useful Improvements in Baseball Covers, of which the following is a specification.
This invention relates to baseball covers and has for its object the provision of a device for eliminating the rough and raised edges where the two leather members forming the complete cover are sewed together.
A further object of the invention is the provision of a device in which the edges of the two similar members which form a complete cover for a ball are so skived in order t compensate for the thickness of the stitches whereby an absolutely smooth and continuous surface is provided when the usual baseball is covered by stitching similarly shaped members of leather together and whereby it is possible to use twice the thickness of leather ordinarily employed adding strength and length of life to the cover.
This invention will be best understood from a consideration of the following detailed description, in view of the accompanying drawing forming a part of the specification; nevertheless it is to be understood that the invention is not confined to the disclosure, being susceptible of such changes and modifications, which shall define no material departure from the salient features of the invention as expressed in the appended claims.
In the drawings:
Figure 1 shows a baseball in elevation covered in accordance with my'invention.
Figure 2 shows a section of the ball and of the cover with the meeting edges of the members of the cover skived and secured to gether by stitching.
Figure 3 is a view in perspective of one member of the cover skived and ready for sewing.
Figure 4 is a transverse section of a member of the cover taken on the line et-et of Figure 3.
Referring more particularly to the drawings, 1 designates a member of the covering of a ball and 2 the other member which are formed of similar shape and of the usual construction employed in covering balls.
Serial No. 669,346.
The inner rough surface of each member is skived along its sewing edge as shown at 3 in Figures 3 and 4 and is sufficiently beveled to compensate for the thickness of the stitches 5.
The beveled edges are perforated in the usual manner and the two members 1 and 2 are applied to the surface of the ball 6 and sewed in the usual manner so that when the stitches are crossed under and over each other as shown in Figure 2 the stitching will substantially take the place of the leather sheared off at the edges 4 so that when the members of the cover are secured in place upon the ball the outer surface of the ball will have no raised ribs at those sections of the covering where the two members have been sewed together.
It will be seen by my improved construction that the members of the covers so formed and sewed together will eliminate the objectionable features which are prominent in the usual cove *ing of baseballs and it will be further noted that the bevelling of the edges of the member will have no effect upon the endurance of the covering where stitched since the part sheared off at its edges is that portion of the leather which forms the weakest portion of the covering since it is a well known fact that the outer layers of the leather are the tougher and more durable portion.
It will be appreciated that by skiving the sewing edges of the members of the covers that the leather employed may have a greater thickness which will not only add strength to the cover but a longer life.
l/Vhat I claim is: a
1. A cover for baseballs comprising two strips of material of similar form to eX- actly cover the surface of a sphere with the abutting edges of the stri s adapted to be sewed, the portions of t e strips at the edges being skived to form bevelled edges.
2. A cover for baseballs comprising two strips of material of similar form to exactly cover the surface of a sphere with the abutting edges of the strips adapted to be sewed, the portions of the strips at the edges being skived to form bevelled edges, the bevelling of the edge extending from a line located inwardly of the line of stitching to the periphery of each member.