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Publication numberUS20030144095 A1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberUS 10/056,466
Publication dateJul 31, 2003
Filing dateJan 28, 2002
Priority dateJan 28, 2002
Also published asUS6592477
Publication number056466, 10056466, US 2003/0144095 A1, US 2003/144095 A1, US 20030144095 A1, US 20030144095A1, US 2003144095 A1, US 2003144095A1, US-A1-20030144095, US-A1-2003144095, US2003/0144095A1, US2003/144095A1, US20030144095 A1, US20030144095A1, US2003144095 A1, US2003144095A1
InventorsWen Yang
Original AssigneeYang Wen Hsiang
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Ball having molded and raised seam and leather cover
US 20030144095 A1
Abstract
A ball includes a core, and two 8-shaped leather cover pieces secured onto an outer peripheral portion of the core with such as the adhesive materials. A water-proof outer layer is formed on the outer peripheral portion of the core for protecting the core and for preventing the core from being wetted, the 8-shaped cover pieces are secured onto the outer layer. The outer layer includes an 8-shaped seam for forming two 8-shaped recesses and for receiving the cover pieces. The seam has a number of bulges for simulating the raised seam or stitches of the typical balls.
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Claims(11)
I claim:
1. A ball comprising:
a core including an outer peripheral portion, and
two 8-shaped cover pieces secured onto said outer peripheral portion of said core, and made of leather material.
2. The ball according to claim 1 further comprising a water-proof outer layer provided on said outer peripheral portion of said core, said 8-shaped cover pieces being secured onto said outer layer.
3. The ball according to claim 2, wherein said outer layer includes an 8-shaped seam extended outward therefrom for forming two 8-shaped recesses therein and for receiving said 8-shaped cover pieces.
4. The ball according to claim 3, wherein said seam includes a plurality of bulges extended radially outward therefrom.
5. A ball comprising:
a core including an outer peripheral portion having an 8-shaped seam extended outward therefrom for forming two 8-shaped recesses therein, and
two 8-shaped cover pieces secured onto said outer peripheral portion of said core, and received in said 8-shaped recesses of said core, and made of leather material.
6. The ball according to claim 5 further comprising a water-proof outer layer provided on said outer peripheral portion of said core and having said 8-shaped seam extended therefrom, said 8-shaped cover pieces being secured onto said outer layer.
7. The ball according to claim 5, wherein said seam includes a plurality of bulges extended radially outward therefrom.
8. A ball comprising:
a core including an outer peripheral portion,
two 8-shaped leather cover pieces, and
adhering means for securing said leather cover pieces onto said outer peripheral portion of said core.
9. The ball according to claim 8 further comprising a water-proof outer layer provided on said outer peripheral portion of said core, said 8-shaped cover pieces being secured onto said outer layer with said adhering means.
10. The ball according to claim 9, wherein said outer layer includes an 8-shaped seam extended outward therefrom for forming two 8-shaped recesses therein and for receiving said 8-shaped cover pieces.
11. The ball according to claim 10, wherein said seam includes a plurality of bulges extended radially outward therefrom.
Description
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

[0001] 1. Field of the Invention

[0002] The present invention relates to a ball, and more particularly to a base ball or a soft ball having a molded and raised seam and having a leather covering attached to the outer peripheral portion thereof.

[0003] 2. Description of the Prior Art

[0004] Typical base balls comprise a pair of 8-shaped cover pieces secured together on a core of the ball with stitches, and having a raised seam formed or provided between the 8-shaped cover pieces. U.S. Pat. No. 5,772,544 to Yang, and U.S. Pat. No. 6,190,273 B1 to Maxey et al., discloses two of the typical base balls. However, water or the like may permeate into the core of the base ball through the stitches provided between the cover pieces. In addition, the cover pieces should be secured together manually with the stitches and may not be produced in mass production.

[0005] U.S. Pat. No. 4,729,566 to Molitor discloses the other typical ball including a molded cover formed or provided on the outer peripheral portion of a molded core. However, the molded cover is made of plastic or rubber or synthetic material, that has a completely different grasping or gripping feeling for the pitchers, as compared with the real base balls that have leather cover layer provided thereon.

[0006] The present invention has arisen to mitigate and/or obviate the afore-described disadvantages of the conventional balls.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[0007] The primary objective of the present invention is to provide a ball including a molded and raised seam and including a leather covering attached to the outer peripheral portion thereof.

[0008] In accordance with one aspect of the invention, there is provided a ball comprising a core including an outer peripheral portion, and two 8-shaped cover pieces secured onto the outer peripheral portion of the core, and made of leather material. The cover pieces are preferably secured onto the core with adhesive materials.

[0009] A water-proof outer layer is further provided on the outer peripheral portion of the core for protecting the core and for preventing the core from being wetted, the 8-shaped cover pieces are secured onto the outer layer.

[0010] The outer layer includes an 8-shaped seam extended outward therefrom for forming two 8-shaped recesses therein and for receiving the 8-shaped cover pieces.

[0011] The seam includes a plurality of bulges extended radially outward therefrom for simulating the raised seam or stitches of the typical balls.

[0012] Further objectives and advantages of the present invention will become apparent from a careful reading of a detailed description provided hereinbelow, with appropriate reference to accompanying drawings.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0013]FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a ball in accordance with the present invention, in which one of the cover layers has been partially peeled off or opened;

[0014]FIG. 2 is a partial exploded view of the ball; and

[0015]FIG. 3 is an enlarged partial cross sectional view taken along lines 3-3 of FIG. 1.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT

[0016] Referring to the drawings, a ball in accordance with the present invention comprises a core 40 that may be of any conventional construction, and an outer layer 41 is formed around or on the outer peripheral portion of the core 40. The outer layer 41 is preferably made by a molding or mold injection process and made with the plastic or rubber or synthetic material that is preferably water proof, for preventing water or the like from entering or permeating into the core 40 of the ball.

[0017] The ball further includes a substantially 8-shaped and raised seam 42 formed on the outer peripheral portion of the outer layer 41, and preferably formed together with the outer layer 41 during the molding or mold injection process. The seam 42 preferably includes a number of bulges 43 extended radially outward therefrom for simulating the stitches or the raised seam of the typical base balls or soft balls. The seam 42 is raised or extended from the outer layer 41 for forming or defining one or more peripheral shoulders 44 on both sides of the seam 42 or between the seam 42 and the outer layer 41; and/or for forming or defining two 8-shaped recesses 45, 46 between the seam 42 and the outer layer 41.

[0018] The ball further includes two 8-shaped cover pieces 51, 52 which are preferably made of leather products, and which are engaged into the 8-shaped recesses 45, 46 of the ball respectively, and which are secured to the outer layer 41 and/or the seam 42 with such as the adhesive materials. The cover pieces 51, 52 includes a peripheral portion engaged with the respective peripheral shoulders 44 of the ball for allowing the cover pieces 51, 52 to be solidly secured on the outer peripheral portion of the outer layer 41, and to be shielded or protected by the seam 42.

[0019] In operation, the pitchers or the ball players may solidly or effectively control the ball with the raised seam 42, and may feel comfortable to grasp or grip the leather cover pieces 51, 52. None of the typical balls include the leather cover layers secured onto the outer peripheral portion of the ball with adhesive materials without stitches.

[0020] Accordingly, the ball in accordance with the present invention includes a molded and raised seam and including a leather covering attached to the outer peripheral portion thereof.

[0021] Although this invention has been described with a certain degree of particularity, it is to be understood that the present disclosure has been made by way of example only and that numerous changes in the detailed construction and the combination and arrangement of parts may be resorted to without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention as hereinafter claimed.

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US7740551Sep 16, 2005Jun 22, 2010Adidas International Marketing B.V.Bladder
Classifications
U.S. Classification473/597
International ClassificationA63B37/14, A63B37/12
Cooperative ClassificationA63B37/12, A63B37/14, A63B2243/0004
European ClassificationA63B37/14, A63B37/12
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