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Publication numberUS1827885 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateOct 20, 1931
Filing dateFeb 24, 1930
Priority dateFeb 24, 1930
Publication numberUS 1827885 A, US 1827885A, US-A-1827885, US1827885 A, US1827885A
InventorsEmenhiser Asa H
Original AssigneeW T Dimick
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Coin controlled basket ball game
US 1827885 A
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Get. 20, 1931. A. H. EMENHISER COIN CONTROLLED BASKET BALL GAME Filed Feb. 24, 1950 4 Sheets-Sheet 1 IN VENTOR A TTORNE Y Oct. 20, 1931. A. H. EMENHISER 1,827,885

COIN CONTROLLED BASKET BALL GAME Filed Feb. 24, 1930 4 Sheets-Sheet 2' s/ a me mar 1 A TTORNE y Oct. 20, 1931. A. H. EMENHISER COIN CONTROLLED BASKET BALL GAME 4 Sheets-Sheet 3 Filed Feb. 24, 1930 l N VEJVTOR J67 /7 men/wise,

A TTORNE V Oct. 20, 1931. A. H. EMENHISER 1,327,835

COIN CONTROLLED BASKET BALL GAME Filed Feb. 24, 1930 4 Sheets-Sheet 4 75 59 7 %%I 8: fit? 6? 60 67 37 52 64 e2 7s 65 73 6/ 74 64 74 661i F j s i 48 7/ gzi a 63 66 52 3 Q 1 0 O 6 z 5a- 54 84-\ 47 /47 56 l H, 8/ J6 l 6 3 70 7 if Z [N VENTOR Asgz. fme/i/iiser BY A TTORNE Y Patented Oct. 20, 1931 umm m se r w -1- ASA K. EHENHIBEB, O! TULSA, OKLAHOMA, ASSIGNOB '10 W. fl. DIIICK, OF OKLAEOHA herein com controlled mechanism is employed for limiting play to a predetermined number of operations. I

In accomplishing these and other objects of m invention, I have provided improved detalls of structure, the preferred form of which is illustrated in the accompanying drawings, wherein:

Fig. 1 is a perspective view of a basket ball game e'mbodyingmy invention.

Fi 2 is a central longitudinal section on the line 2-2, Fig. 3, illustrating one of two sets of ball rojecting plungers in projected positionan the other set in retracted condition.

Fig. 3 is a bottom planview of an intermediate floor in the apparatus, illustrating the pneumatic coin controlled mechanism.

F1 4 is a central vertical cross section on the line 4-4, Fig. 2.

Fig. 5 is a longitudinal section on the line 5-5, Fig. 4, illustrating the lower end of the machine, including the pistons for actuating the plungers.

Fig. 6 is a c 'ntr'al vertical section of a 'lunger and plunger housing, the plunger eing illustrated in retracted position.

Fi 7 is a perspective disassembled view of the p unger, stop ring, and housing.

Fig. 8 1s a plan view partly in section illusl trating the operation controlling ratchet wheel in locked condition.

Fig. 9 is a plan view of the same parts illustrating the ratchet wheel in released condition. .Fig. .10 isa perspective view of the mechanism for controlling the number of strokes played for each coin entering the machine.

Fig. 11 is a cross section on the line 11-11,

Fig. 8.

ig. 12 is a central longitudinal section of the coin actuated bar. f

. tions being provided with upper grooves 6 our, oxnanoun com conraonmn msxm' m1. em Application mea February 24, 19800 Serial a. 480,026.

Referring more in detail to the drawings: -1 designates a cabinet comprisih a bottom 2, a rear wall 3, lower end wall sections 4 and a front wall panel. 5, all referably constructed of wood, the end and front wall secfor receivingthe lower ends 0 extension side and endsections 7 and 8, respectively; the side and endsections 7 and 8, and the top 9, being formed of glass to provide clear vision of the interior ofthe playin field of the cabinet; A slantingcover 9, a so preferably of glass, engages a groove 10 in the rear wall 3 and projects over the front wall 8.

On a line with the upper edges of the wood sections is a slightly concave intermediate floor 11 provided with individual sets of ockets 12 and 13, preferably distinguished y different colors, each set numbermg five pockets. v

Fixed on a longitudinal median line adj acent each end of the intermediate floor 11 are rods 14 for supporting baskets 15. Integral with the intermediate floor 11 and mounted on its lower side adjacent its ends are cylinders 16 and 17 for respectively receiving pis-- tons 18 and 19.

Journaled in bearings 20, fixed to the floor 2 by bolts or the like 21, are parallel shafts 22 and 23 carrying arms 24and 25 secured to the shafts by set'screws 26, and provided with yokes 27 having transverse elongated slots for receiving-cross pins integral with the lower ends of connecting rods 28which extend outwardly from the pistons 18 and 19.

Each cylinder is providedwith an inlet port 29 and an outlet port 30 so that when the shafts 22 and 23 are rocked, the pistons are reciprocated in the cylinders and compressed air is discharged from the ports 30.

- nal annular gOOVB 37 adjacent the outer end of the cham Mounted in the outlet ports of the cylinders 16 and 17 are condu ts 38 and 39, respectively, communicating with manifolds 40 and 41 preferabl comprising tubular members, each provi ed with sets of branches -42 and 43 leading into the lower ends of respec- The pistons 18 and 19 pockets toward a goal, the direction of travel of-the ball beingdetermined by the specific inclinations of the plunger.

In order to sell privileges for playing the machine and to predetermine the number of times the machine may be played for a given coin value, I rovide a coin-controlled mechanism genera y designated 47 and supported in a bearing 48 secured to the floor 2 by bolts or the like 49. I

Engaging the bearing 48 1s a sleeve 50 having an enlarged outer end 51 forming an annular shoulder 52 engaging an end face.

53 of the bearing, the opposite end of the sleeve being provided with threaded openings 54 seating screws 55 for securing a ratchet wheel 56 to the sleeve 50.

The ratchet wheel 56 is provided with an axial opening 57 aligning with an opening 58 in the sleeve 50 for receiving a shaft 59 having a transverse slot 60- on its outer end for a purpose later described. I

Spaced fingers 61 extendmg beyond the outer face of the sleeve 50 and terminatlng in hook portions 62,,are fixed to the enlarged outer end 51 of the sleeve, as indicated at 63.

Rotataoly mounted on the shaft 59 and received between the hooks 62 and outer face of the sleeve is a collar 64 provided with a slot 65 aligning with a socket 66 in the sleeve portion 51, the slot 65 and socket 66 normally seating a key 67 integral with the shaft 59.

Seated in an annular ring on the inner end of the shaft is a cup 69, a spring 70 mounted on the shaft and bearing against the ratchet wheel 56 and cup 69, normally urging the shaft to locked position. However, when the shaft is forced outwardly to unlocked position against tension of the spring 70, the collar 64 is rotated on the shaft by the pressure of a spring 71 fixed to the collar by a screw 72 and bearing against a pin 73 in the collar, a stop pin 7 4 being further provided in the collar to limit rotary movement thereof. Rotation of the shaft 59 is prevented by a staple 75 engaging the slot 60 and fixed in the rear wall 3 of the cabinet, asillustrated in Fig. 4.

Fixed on the shafts 22 and 23 by bolts or thelike 76, and in alignment with the cup 69 are crank arms 7 7 and 7 8 pivotally connected memes treme extended position.

to reciprocating bars 7 9 and 80, respectively, for actuating the ratchet wheel. Each reciprocating bar is provided adjacent its inner end with an offset arm 81 terminating in a hook or tooth portion 82 for engaging the teeth on the wheel.

Engaging the flanges adjacent the outer end of the channelmember is a plunger 100 having an upstanding 'finger portion 101 for operating the plunger, a space 102 being reserved between the lunger and the outer end of the bar for receiving a coin 103.

Provided in .the bottom portion of the channel member is an elon ated opening 104 for delivering a coin into t e interior of the cabinet when the actuating bar en aging the end of the shaft 59 has been move to its ex- Assuming an apparatus to be constructed and assembled as described a'ndthat the sets of floor pockets and their corresponding baskets are of different colors, for example, red

and green, the operations for simulatin a ame of basket ball are performed as 01- ows:- y Y A playeris stationed at each operating crank, a coin is inserted in the coin slot, and

the plunger 100 pushed inwardly toward the 7 machine, moving the shaft 59 rearwardly and thereby disengaging the ke 67 from the socket 66 and slot 65 to free t e shaft for o eration, the collar 64 being rotated in cloc cam portions 86 to deflect the hooks of the reciprocating bars and prevent said hooks from engaging more than one tooth on the ratchet wheel for each reciprocation of a bar;

The inner ends of the bars are provided with laterally extending foot portions 87 for I contacting the annular surface of the cup, thus protecting the ratchet mechanism when an attempt is made to operate the machine Without a coin.

As illustrated in Fig. 2, the bars 79 and 80, respectively, engage the lower and upper teeth of the ratchet wheel and are yieldingly urged to engagement therewith by an expansion spring 88 having opposite ends anchored to the cooperating bars. 1

89 designates coin injecting mechanism including'a channel member 90 having inwardly directed flanges 91 and a closed outer end wall 92, the channel member being inserted through an opening 93 centrally located in thelower panel 5 of the front wall and attached thereto by an integral bracket portion 94 and screws 95.

Slidably engaging the flanges of the channel member is an actuatin bar 96 normally retained in retracted position by a spring 97 anchored to a post 98 fixed in the bottom of A toward respective goals.

" ma shoot again.

' poc ct, the second player depresses his crank ass-nest the channel member and to a bar.

With the shaft and sleeve disenged, either crank can be operated, and if or enthe player stationed at t e end of the cabinet opposite the green basket will depress his er, causin inward movement of a complementary piston in its cylinder and delivcry of a conse uent slug 0 compressed air to cachet the p un ersmounted in the green pockets. As the p ungers are projected from their cylinders by force of the air, the ball is thrown toward the en oal, the impact with which the plunger stries the ball correspondin to the speed at which the crank is o crate I a ball passes through the basket it will count a oint for the first la er. If, however, it alls short of the as et and drops into another green ocket, the first player ould it fall into a red and throws the ball, direction of travel of the ball toward one goal or the other being determined by inclination of the plungers of the respective sets, the game continuing until a goal has been scored or until the allotted number of pla s have been made.

After a su cient number of plays have been made to rotate the collar to a point where the key 67 aligns with the slot 65, the shaft moves back toward its normal position under tension of the spring 70, but an additional play is necessary before the socket 66 arrives in alignment with the slot and key to permita complete return movement of the shaft.

Such return movement again locks the sleeve and ratchet wheel to the shaft until another coin is inserted in the slot so that the operations are repeated as before described.

What I claim and desire to secure by Letters Patent is:

' 1. In apparatus of the character described including spaced goals and a ball, independent sets of pneumatically actuated plungers for projecting the ball from diderent angles v2. In apparatus of the character described including spaced goals and a ball, pockets for the ball, independent sets of pneumatically actuated plungers for projectmg the ball from respective pockets toward a correspond- 'ing goal. 3. In apparatus of the character described including a goal and a ball, a cylinder, a pis ton in the cylinder, and a plunger pneumatically operable in response to reciprocation of the piston in the cy inder for projecting the ball toward the goal.

4. In apparatus of the character described including a goal and a ball, a cylinder, a pisward a operable in resppnse to reciprocation of the piston in the cy 'nder forprojecting the ball toward the goal, and means for manually reciprocating the piston.

5. In apparatus of the character described including a goal and a ball, a cylinder, a piston in the cylinder, a plunger pneumatically ton in the cylinder, a plunger pneumatically operable in response to reciprocation of the piston in the cylinder for projectin the ball toward the goal, means for manua ly reciprocating the iston, and means controlling operation of t e piston-reciprocating means.

6. In apparatus of the character rescribed including a goal and a ball, a cylinder, a piston in the cylinder, a plunger pneumatically operable in response to reciprocation of the piston in the cylinder for projecting the ball toward the goal, means for manually reciprocating the piston, and means for controlling operation of the iston-reciprocatin means, including means or predetermining t e number of reciprocations of the piston for each actuation of the operation-controlling means.

7. In apparatus of the character described including spaced goals, a ball, independent sets of pneumatically actuated plungers for projecting the ball from different angles, toward a goal, and means controlling operation of the plungers.

8. In apparatus of the character described including spaced goals, a ball, independent sets of pneumatically actuated plungers for projecting the ball from different angles togoal, and means for controlling operation o the plungers, including means for predetermining the number of operationsof the plungers for each actuation of the opera tion-controlling means.

9. Apparatus of the character described including a pair of goals and a'ball, a set of neumatically actuated plungers correspondmg to each goal for projecting a ball from difierent angles toward its respective goal, and common means for controlling operation of both sets of plungers.

10. Apparatus of the character described including a pair of goals and a ball, a set of pneumatically actuated plungers for each goal for projecting a ball from difierent angles toward its res ective goal, and common means for controlling operation of each set ofplun ers, including means for predetermining t e combined number of operations of the plungers for each actuation of the operaoperable in response to reciprocation of the piston in the cylinder for projecting the ball toward the goal, mechanism for con rolling operation of the plungers including a ratchet. wheel for pr'edetermining the number of operations of the plungers for each actuation of the operation-controlling means, a pawl cooperating with the ratchet wheel, and comerations 0 mon means for manually operating the piston andthe pawl.

12. Apparatus of the character described including a air of goals and a ball, a set 0 pneumatical y' actuated plun ore for projectmg a ball from different ang es toward a respective goal, mechanism for controlling operation of the plungers, including a ratchet wheel for redetermining the number of opthe plungers for each actuation of the operation-controlling means, a awl for each set of plungers cooperating wit the ratchet wheel, and individual means for manually operating each pawl.

13. Apparatus of the character described, including a goal and a ball, a cylinder, a piston in the cylinder, a plunger pneumatically operable in response to reciprocation of the piston in the cylinder for projecting the ball toward the goal, mechanism for controlling operation of the plungers, including a normally non-rotatable ratchet 'wheel for predetermining the number of operations of the plungers for each actuation of the operationcontrolling means, means to release the wheel for rotation, a awl for rotating the wheel, a stop for the w eel eflective upon each complete rotation of the wheel, and common means for manually operating the piston and the pawl.

14. Apparatus of the character described including a cabinet, a floor in said cabinet having individual sets of related pockets, a ball adapted to come to rest in each pocket, a basket goal for each set of pockets, a set of lungers complementary to the pockets, inc med toward and cooperating with a respective basket, and pneumatic means for actuating the plungers to project the ball to ward a basket.

15. In apparatus of the character described, a cabinet, a floor in said cabinet havingindividual sets of related pockets, a ball a basket goal for each set of pockets, a set oi plungers complementary to the pockets, inclined toward and cooperating with a respective basket, pneumatic means for actuating the plungers to project the ball toward a basket, and mechanism for controlling operation of each set of plungers.

16. In apparatus of the character described, a cabinet, a floor in said cabinet having individual sets of related pockets, a ball, a basket goal for each set of pockets, a set of plungers complementary to the pockets, inclined toward and cooperating with a respective basket, pneumatic means for actuating the plungers to project the ball toward a basket, and mechanism for controlling operation of each set of lungers, including means for predeterminmg the number of operations of the plungers for each actuation of the operation-controlling means.

aeaaess parent walls above said floor, a ball, a basket oal supported above each end of the said oor for each set of pockets, and complementary sets of pneumatically actuated plungers in the ockets for projecting the all toward a has et.

18. In apparatus of the character described, a cabinet, a floor in said cabinet havin individual sets of related pockets, a ball a asket goal for each set of pockets, a set of plungers complementary to the pockets, a manifold communicating with each set of pockets, a cylinder communicatin with each manifold, a piston in eachc lin er, and individual, manuall operate levers for reclprocating each plston in its cylinder.

19. In apparatus of the character described including a coin control, a. oal and a ball, a cylinder, a piston in the cy inder, a plunger pneumatica ly operable in res onse to reciprocation of the piston in the cy inder for projecting the ball toward the goal, means for manually reciprocating the piston, and means actuated by said coin control for controlling operation of the piston.

20. In apparatus of the character described including a coin control, spaced goals, a ball, independentsets of pneumatlcally actuated plungers for projecting the ball from difierent angles toward a goal, and

means for controlling operation of the plungers, including means for predetermin-'

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Classifications
U.S. Classification273/317.3, 273/357, 273/119.00B, 124/61
International ClassificationG07F17/32, G07F17/38
Cooperative ClassificationG07F17/38
European ClassificationG07F17/38