US 1533487 A
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April 14, 1925. 1,533,487
, w. 1.. WHITE v GAME APPARATUS Filed Oct. 18, 1922 'STRiKE 0 JEE- \Mwurimlh W111i;
Patented Apr. 14, 1925.
UNITED star PA'rsNr oer-ice. -J
WILLIAM LJW'HITE, OF NEWIB'URGH, YORK.
Application filedfictober is, 1922. Serial No. 595,355.
ToaZZ whom it may concern:
Be it known that I, WILLIAM L. WHITE,
a citizen of the United States, residing at Newburgh, in the county of Orange and State of New York, have invented certaiiji new and useful Improvementsin a Game Apparatuaof which the following is a specifi cation.
This invention. relates to an improved game apparatus.
The primary object of this invention is the provision of a game apparatus prefer- In the accompanying drawing, forming part of this specification, and wherein similar referrence characters designate corresponding parts throughout the several views,
Figure 1 is a plan view of the improved game apparatus, showing various elementsthereof in playing arrangement.
Figure 2 is a transverse cross sectional view, talten substantially on the line 2-2 of Figure l. I
Figure 8 is an enlarged cross sectional view, taken substantially on the line 3-3 of Figure 1.
In the drawing, wherein for the purpose of illustration is shown but the preferred embodiment of this invention, the letterA generally designates the improved game apparatus, which principally comprises a play;- ing board or casing B; members C designating individual players; and a ball or die element D.
Referring to the game board'B, the same comprises a playing floor 10 of rectangular formation having the end and side walls 11 and 12 respectively extending vertically upwardfrom the playing surface l l'of the floor or field 10 at the marginal edges thereof. The surface i l of the floor platelO is preferably provided with lines or similar characteristics designating a ball field. The diamond 15 of this ball field is preferably which respectively.
laid outcentrally on the floor or playing board 10 being designated byparallel' lihes 16'. The infield provided bythed-iamoiid 15 is further. subdivided into substantially triangular shaped zones 17,18, 19-
diesignate first -base,"sec- 0nd base, third, base, and-lhomefrun zones, for cooperation with I A rectangular tain lines. 18 adjacent the homeplate ofsaid diamond provides substantially triangular shaped plat designated by :eer-
encloses the diamond Y 15, and i and -20,
the-ballror die element zones 21and 22 designated as -st;rike 501113 zones; certain other zones-23and 24, being provided upon each side of the 'secondbas'e which may be conveniently called; ballzones. A single strike zone 28 may be provided m'arglnallyabout the lines 18*? upon the playing board B. In the outfieldgof thebase 29 and 30 may be designated asstolen base the playing board depressions or pockets The floor portion 10 of B is providedwith certain irregularlshaped; zones 1 33 inwardly from the topsurfacellithereof, 5
which are substantiallylsquare or rectangular 1n formation, and which are provided in each location of the base ball field atwvhichf a player normally. stands, andwhich-are adapted for. receiving the player membersifil.
Referring to the player members C, the same are preferably .formed; of cardboard or analogous economical material,- and pref erably have pictures 36-of a ball player lithographed thereon, whichmaynbe' desig nated by indicia 37 Whichmay refer to. the name of a player or the team upon-Which disposed. Thesecards C' are flatand polyg ona-l in formation,
the playing board B, so that the top surface 40 of each playing card C lies in the "same plane and flush with the top surface 14 of the playing board tlojorlO. Error zones 491 and are adapted for, snug seating in the pockets 33 providedfln' includes spacing members 45 in order to provide a series. of vertical pockets or slots l6, 47, 48 and LSadapted to removably receive the playing cards or members C of a batting team. These pockets 4:6, 47, 4:8 and 49 may be respectively designated by suitable indicia At bat, First base; Second base and Third base, which means may be disposed upon the rack M: referring to the playing position of the members of the batting they may depart slightly therefrom in order to render the playing of a game as easy and flexible as possible. In starting the game, a player may-place the die member D on the playing floor 10' rearwardly of the catchers position, and the player cont-rolling the batting team shoots or rolls the die member D into the playing field in any approved man-' ner.
The person at bat is designated by that playing member C which is disposed in the slot 46. Should the ball or die member D roll into zone 18, designating secondbase,
the member C representing the ball player at the bat will then be moved to slot 48, thus keeping track of the players at bat who reach bases,'in a convenient manner. be next batter, as represented by a card C, is disposed in the slot 46 and the person playing the game again rolls the ball or die member D into the playing field. Should the ballD roll into zones 23 or 24, the batter will have one ball. The next attempt at rolling the member D entering eitl'ier zone 29 or 30, which indicate stolen bases for any players who might be on first, second or third base, and thusadvance that player. The game is thus continued in manner altogether similar to the playing of a base ball game, and the position of the person at bat is determined by the location or zone into which the die member D is guided. Should the ball or die member D fall directly upon a playing card C in the ball field, the batter will be out.
Various other rules can be promulgated,
O which have base ball players lithographed thereon. In this manner, pictures representing the players of various league teams may be used, affording considerable amusement and novelty in the determination of the manner in which the individual players may cooperate with the ball member D in effective playing. Due to the skillful arrangement of the playing member C in the socket 33 for the team in the field, the ball or die member D may roll over the surface of the playing field against liability of dislodgment of players, and not providing any obstructions to hinder the travel of the die member D, so that a person playing the game may attain considerable skill in placing of the die member D in a particular zone or zones, either directly or by caroming off of the walls 11 and 12.
Various changes in the shape, size and arrangement of parts may be made to the form of invention herein shown and described, without departing from the spirit of this invention or the scope of the claims.
1. A game comprising a playing board subdivided into zones designating plays, movable player members, a playing element designating a ball adapted for rolling over said playing board, and a base indicating arrangement for a batting team disposed out of the bounds of the playing field.
2. A game comprising a playing board having a base ball field designation thereon and provided with pockets in the players fielding position thereon, detachable elements adapted for disposition in said pockets in out of the way relation with respect to the playing surface of said field, I base indicating means for a batting team positioned out of the playing field, elements representing members of the batting team and adapted to be removably held b the base indicating means, and a bal element adapted for utilization in determining playing by the batting and fielding teams.
8. A game comprising a playing board having a ball field laid out thereon, means providing for disposition of a fielding team, and means on said board for selectively and movably receiving members of a batting team in designation of plays made thereby.
4. A game comprising a playing board simulating a base ball field embodying side Walls, and a floor member, said floor memher having a base ball playing field designated on a portion thereon provided with certain pockets depressed inwardly of the playing surface thereof in position assumed by the players of a fielding team, said ball field being subdivided into a plurality of zones designating plays, substantially fiat card like members having indicia thereon representing players adapted for movable disposition in the pockets of said playing board, and a rack member having a plurality of sockets therein designating playing positions of a batting team and adapted to progressively receive members of said batting team, and a ball element adapted for cooperation over the playing field for determining positioning of the members of the fielding and batting teams.
WILLIAM L. WHITE.