Search Images Maps Play YouTube News Gmail Drive More »
Sign in
Screen reader users: click this link for accessible mode. Accessible mode has the same essential features but works better with your reader.


  1. Advanced Patent Search
Publication numberUS1544308 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJun 30, 1925
Filing dateNov 9, 1922
Priority dateNov 9, 1922
Publication numberUS 1544308 A, US 1544308A, US-A-1544308, US1544308 A, US1544308A
InventorsGelpi Leopoldo Castro
Original AssigneeGelpi Leopoldo Castro
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Game apparatus
US 1544308 A
Abstract  available in
Previous page
Next page
Claims  available in
Description  (OCR text may contain errors)

June 30, 1925. 1,544,308

L. c. GELPI GAME APPARATUS Filed Nov. 9. 1922 Patented June 30, 1925.




Application filed November To all 60710771- it may comer/'1:

Be it known that 1, Lnoronoo Casrno Gain, a citizen of the United States, residing at Vieques, in the county of llumacao, Porto Rico, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Game Apparatus, of which the following is a specification.

This invention relates to game apparatus, and more particularly to an apparatus for use in playing a game simulating the wellknown game of base ball.

One of the primary objects of the invention is to provide a board embodying a novel arrangement of the playing surface.

Another object of the invention is to so arrange the playing surface of the board that pern'ianent and temporary or inning scores may be most conveniently kept.

Another object of the invention is to provide a novel combination of dies whereby the various plays may be determined in a manner more accurately simulating the determination of plays in the actual game than is possible by the use of a rotary pointer or like devices.

In the accompanying drawings:

Figure 1 is a plan view of the game board embodying the invention;

Figure 2 is a perspective illustrating two views of one of the dies employed in determining the plays to be made;

Figure 3 is a similar View of the other die en'iployed c Figure 1 is a perspective View of one of the game pieces.

In the drawings the game board is indicated in general by the numeral 1 and may be of any material suitable for the purpose, and the board is preferably rectangular and its playing surface is laid out in the manner which will now be described, it being understood that the lines, images, legends, and the like, may be depicted upon the face of the board by printing, painting, or otherwise. Within a circle 2 at the center of the board there is depicted a base ball diamond 3 of which the home, first, second, and third bases are indicated, respectively, by the numerals at, 5, 6 and 7, and are suitably designated, the pitchers position being indicated by the numeral 8.

At diametrically opposite sides of the circle 2 there are depicted upon the face of the board a plurality of arouate lines 9 concentric to the said circle 2 and intersected by straight lines 10 chordal to the circle and Serial No. 599,890.

parallel to one another, the lines 9 and 10 defining spaces 11. As a matter of fact the lines 9 and 10 are so arranged that the spaces 11 will be located in a plurality of arouate series at opposite sides of the field defined by the circle 2, and upon the face of the board and at one side of each group of space series 11 there are printed or otherwise indicated legends 12 each located opposite one end of a respective series of the spaces 11 and reading, for example :Strike one, Strike two, Strike oneball two, Strike twoball two, Ball two. lVit-hin the spaces of one series, preferably the series 7 of each group the more remote from the field defined by the circle 2, there are-printed letters or other abbreviations 13 representing the individual players of the team, these letters in the present instance being :C, P, S, B1, B2, B3, F1, F2, and F3, and representing respectively the catcher, pitcher, short stop, first baseman, secondbaseman, third baseman, right fielder, center fielder, and left fielder.

Preferably the'legends 12 are arranged in segmental spaces at one side of each re spective group of space series 11 and within the bounds of a circle ,14 concentric to the circle 2. These segmental spaces which are indicated by the numeral 15 and other segmental spaces which are indicated by the numeral 16, are bounded by the circle 14, the endmost ones of the straight lines 10, and

other lines 17 which arechordal to the circles 2 and 14; The segmental spaces 16 are series 11 opposite to the respective spaces 15, and within each of the spaces 16 there are depicted three stations indicated by the numerals 18, 19 and 20 and defined preferably by circles within which respectively appear the ordinals 1, 2, and 3. Also within each space 16 there is printed the legend Out as indicated by the numeral 21.

lVithin each corner of the board and 6X- terior to the circle let there is arrenged a diagonal series of positions or spots 22 which i are identified by the legend Runners located in uxtaposition thereto.

Figure etof the drawings illustrates one of eighteen game pieces which are to be arranged over the surface of the board 1 m accordance with indicated plays as will presently be explained, and this game piece is indicated by the numeral 241.

in connection with the board and in order to determine the plays to be made there are provided two dies, one indicated by the numeral 25, two views of which are shown inFigure 2 of the drawings, and the other indicated in general by the numeral 26 and shown in Fig. 3. The die 25 is in'theform of an octahedron and has indicated upon its ei ht faces the following legends Strike, foul, F air, Out, Base, Home-run, Double-play, and Ball two. The die 26 has indicated on three of its six faces the legend Out, and upon the remaining three of its faces the legend Safe.

In playingthe game the die 25 is employed firstand is thrown, and one of the game pieces 24 is placed upon the playing surface of the board in accordance with the play indicated by the die. Thatis to say thesaid game piece is placed in one or other of the spaces 11 or upon one or another'of the spaces 18, 19 and 20 or the spaces 22,, de'pending upon the play indicat- Bdf by the die. Should'the die indicate Fair the die 26 is then employed to determine whether the player assumed to be at the bat is safe or out. Of course, by placing; the. game pieces upon the surface of the board in the various spaces in accordance with the indicated plays, theplayers are enabled to determine the score by merely glancing at the'board and noting the positions of the game pieces thereon.

To start a game, the game pieces 2-1- are placedon the-spaces 13 provided on both sides of the board anddesignated with the positions of the players. The choice of startingthe play may be determined by toss ing a coin or. any other convenient method and the player winning the choice will usually take the first turn at batting, placing the game piece representing the first batter onthestation l representinguthe home plate of the base ball diamond. The; other player then throws thedie upon the'game board and the legend which appears uppermost when the die comes to rest will denote the play or action afie'cting the batter, the game piece representing the batter being moved accordingly. The die is then. again thrown until three outs are shown, a game piece being moved to the home plate after each throw of the die and the preceding game piece representing the batter being properly disposed according to the indicated play.

'Should the die come 'to rest with the legend Base uppermost,the game piece representing the batteris moved to the first base position'or the station aupon the game 18, the play continuing until each of the stations 18, 19 and 20 is occupied by a game piece, when the inning will be completed and the number of runs scored will be indicated b the number of 'ame )ieces occu 3 in? sta- A t) O tions 22. The total nuinberoi-scores may be placedupon any convenient portion of the board or may be placed upon a. separate score card. In the spaces 11, and alined with that space 13 representing any particular player, may be placed suitable marks indicating whether the respective player scored or was put out.

Should the die 25 display the legend Strike three times before displaying a legend which calls for movement" of the player, the batter is consideredout, fouls being treatedas strikes. If the die displays a legend-calling for a double play, it should be executed by removing the batter andthe player nearest the home and, if'the double play is displayed when there are no players on" the bases, it is a nullity. and the die is thrown again until some definite play is indicated. A. home run moves all players on the bases including. the batter, while an out affects the batter when there are no players on the'bases but when any of the bases are occupied it is applied to the one nearest home. WVhen'th e batter is moved to first base, a player already. occupying the first base is moved forward and this play isapplied to all occupied baseswhen' forced as in the actual gameof base ball. Having thus described theinv'ention, what is claimed as new is;

Game apparatus comprising a game board having a base ball diamond depicted, thereon at its. center, series ofscore-record'ing' stations depicted at opposite sides of the diamond, stations representing outs at oneside ofeach series of scoring: stations, and runners stations located radially beyond the outs stations, game pieces to be initial- 1y. placed adjacent the score-receiving spaces and subsequently'moved about the diamond to outs or runners stations, a die for determiningby chance the movements of the game piecesiand a seconddie for, interpreting a certain indicationfot the first die.

In testimon'yjwhereof I affix my signature.


Referenced by
Citing PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US3310308 *Feb 20, 1964Mar 21, 1967William D ReaganBoxing game with scoring device having automatic score difference indicator
US4687199 *Nov 29, 1985Aug 18, 1987Enrique AguirregomezcortaBase ball game
US4708344 *Feb 17, 1987Nov 24, 1987Wyatt Hugh JBaseball game apparatus
US5129651 *Apr 16, 1990Jul 14, 1992Tobias Jr Tomas TBaseball board game and method of play
US6419227 *Jul 7, 2000Jul 16, 2002Thomas W. BarnhardtMethod and apparatus for playing a simulated baseball game
US6419230 *Jan 5, 2000Jul 16, 2002Clinton CassSimulated baseball game and method
U.S. Classification273/244.1
International ClassificationA63F3/00
Cooperative ClassificationA63F3/00031
European ClassificationA63F3/00A4B