US 1536639 A
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, in th Patented May 5, 1925.
CLIFFORD A. VANBEEK, OF GREEN B AY, WISCONSIN.
Application tiled September 17, 1923. Serial No, 663,170.
To all whom it may concern.'
Be it known that I, CLIFFORD A. VAN BEEK, a citizen of the United States, and rcsident of Green Bay, in the county of Brown and State of Wisconsin, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Games; and I do hereby declare that the following is a full, clear, and exact description thereof.` l This invention relates to games. l
Objects of this invention are to lprovide a game which simulates the plays in baseball, which is a combination of a game of chance and a game controlled by the batting and other averages of the actual players constituting the different teams which may be chosen, which is so organized that the players may select their teams, may arrange the players therein in accordance with their best judgment as to the order of batting, and which brings in an element of chance to modify any given play, as indicated, for the respective players.
`Further objects are to provide a game which reproduces approximately the batting and field averages of all teams and players, the superiority yin players for base stealing, sacriiice hitting, or home runs, and other characteristics of the individual players, which in actual operation brings out the value of the different members of the teams to his respective team either defensively or offensively exactly as possible in reality.
.An embodiment of the invention is shown e accompanying drawings, in which z- Figures 1, and 3 indicate the direction eets for the different plays, such sheets corresponding to the different conditions or stages of a game.
Figures 4 and 5 are views illustrating the packs" 'of cards representing the different teams.
Figure 6 is a view illustrating the dilerentl; colored dice used in playing the game.
T e game comprises a plurality of sheets which are indicated in Figures 1, 2, and 3. These sheets, for instance Sheet 1, as shown in Figure 1, is provided with a main title 2, such as Bases full indicating one stage of the game. The successive sheets are correspondingly provided with other main titles, such as Runner on second, as indicated at 3 in Figure, 2, or None on bases as indicated at 4 in Figure 3. These sheets, of course, do not constitute the entire series as one sheet is provided for each of the several combinations that arise in game.
The sheet illustrated in Figure l will be described in detail and from this the corresponding indications on the other sheets may be readily understood.
For instance. Sheet 1 is used when the bases are full and has a series of regularly arranged members 5, as indicated at 5 oppo# site which the various plays are marked. such as Home run,7 as indicated at 6, so that one move in the game corresponds tol cach number carried by the sheets, these moves, of course, being for the team then at the bat. It desired, further indications, such as indicated at .7, see Figure 2, may be added to each of the numbers and may indicate the action of the team in the field. For instance, -in F igureQA the indication corre` sponding to number 10 `for the team in the field is an assist by left fielder which results in a put-out by the catcher. crable to form these indications for the team in field of a diierent type, or of a different color from the other indications.
' Figures 4C and 5 illustrate packs of cards corresponding to vthe different teams. For instance, Figure 4 represents the New York team and it will be seen that each of the cards 8 has the title of the team indicated thereon at 9, the name of the player at 10, and various other designations as to` a left handed batter or thrower. These cards are each provided with a series of numbers as indicated at 11, opposite which are arranged a second series of numbers, as indicated at l2 an ordinary ball The chance device comprises a pair of dice, as yindicated at 13 and 14, in Figure 6. These dice are differently colored. For instance, the die 13 may be green and the die 14 may be white. This difference in color is to secure a regular order of reading in determining the number indicated by the dice. For instance, the green die may be read as the first digit of a number and the white die as a second digit. As it stands in Figure 6 the number will be 51.
In playing this game the opponents choose their respective teams, for instance, New York and St. Louis, zu;4 indicated in Figures 4 and 5. The opponents may then arrange their players in any desired order by shifting the cards in the two packs so that their batting may be in an arbitrary order determined by the judgment of the It may be prefopponents. After this has been determined the player holding the team at bat'throws the dice and takes the reading therefrom, for instance, 51, as illustrated 1n Figure 7. He then finds 51 in the numbers indicated as 11 (Figure 4) and sees that the number correspont ing thereto is9. This number may be of a different color from the numbers indicated at 11, if desired. He then selects the sheet, such as that illustrated in Figures 1 to 3, which is appropriate to this stage of the game, which, of course, would be None on bases as illustrated in Figure 3. He then finds the number' 9 thereon and sees that the play corresponding thereto is a single, that is to say, the man Witt is supposed to make first base.
The players continue by throwing the dice for each of the men and ascertain from their cards, as illustrated in Figures 4 and 5, a number which is to be looked `up on the sheets, as illustrated in Figures 1 to 3. This process is continued and the score kept until three outs have been made. Thereafter the opponent proceeds, in a similar manner, with his stack of cards, kas illustrated in Figure 5.
The numbers as indicated at 12 in Figure 4 are so chosen with reference to each player and thereafter with reference to the play sheets, as shown in Figures 1 to 3 that the correct batting average or base stealing, or other characteristics is approximated for each player.
It will be seen therefore that a game has been provided which closely simulates the regular plays made in `a baseball game, which permits arranging of the men in the order of batting chosen by the player, and which brings in a combination of an element. of chance and a. predetermined element corresponding to the actual ability of the man represented by one of the cards 8.
It Will thus be seen that agame has been provided which maintains .the interest of the players, which yallows for selection of the players in a manner such as would be had by the manager of a team, and which, as previously stated, has the element of chance running throughout.
Although one form of the invention has been described in considerable detail, it is to be understood that the invention may be variously embodied and is to be limited only as claimed.
I claim 1. A. game comprising a set of dice each of which indicates a digit of a number, a set of cards each representing players having two columns of numbers, one column having numbers which may be indicated by the dice and the other columnr having selected numbers, and a set of play; sheets having a column of numbers corresponding to .the last mentioned numbers and having plays marked opposite such numbers.
2. A game comprising a pair of diiierently colored dice, one of which indicates the first digit of a number and the other of which indicates the second digit, a set of cards each bearing the name of a player of a baseball team and having a series of numbers correspondinvto the number indicated by the dice and aving a second series of numbers opposed to the iirst series, and a set of play cards corresponding to the several conditions of a baseball game and having a series of numbers including the numbers contained in the said second series and plays marked opposite said numbers.
3. A game comprising a pair of differently colored dice adapted to respectively indicate the first and second digit of a number, a pair of decks o cards each deck representing a baseball team and each card bearing the name of a player, said cards having a regular series of numbers and a second series of numbers arranged opposite said irst series, and a set of play cards corresponding to the diiierent stages of a baseball game and each card having a series of numbers corresponding to said second series and having plays marked opposite said numbers.
In testimony that I claim the foregoing I have hereunto set my hand at Milwaukee. in the county of Milwaukee and State of Wisconsin.
CLIFFORD A. VAN BEEK.