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Publication numberUS2008359 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJul 16, 1935
Filing dateApr 24, 1933
Priority dateApr 24, 1933
Publication numberUS 2008359 A, US 2008359A, US-A-2008359, US2008359 A, US2008359A
InventorsGeorge N Lamb
Original AssigneeGeorge N Lamb
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 2008359 A
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G. N. LAMB Jufiy 316, 11%35.


Filed April 24, 1933 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 INVENTOR. GEORGE/V. LAMB. M/f Z;


G. N. LAMES Jufly 136, 1935.


Filed April 24, 1953 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 1N VENTOR. GEORGE/V. LAMB.


Patented July 16, 1935 U -TEDwS-TAT S: OFFICE, V p George N.Lanib, Stg Cliaxlsz-Illi .n Annals; A ril: mm Sa -m. 61:15am Claims: (crew's-95) My invention relates'to aggamercomprisingna FlgL 4 is szhori-zontal, sectional view ofthe standard provided with a plurality ofaringsz in structure shown in "Fig. 2 taken alongthe line different positions, through-which the players 4 -'-4, l i l 1 in turn attempt to thrower tossaballby: means 5 ;is-a horizontal, sectional view of the 5 of a special playing tool or device. By my in+ parts showninFig. 2, taken along the line 5-5, '5 ventionI also provide an improved system: of 6 'shows in-sideielevationto an enlarged play and scoring which materially increases the scale; the playingvtool' illustrated'in Fig. l, interest in the game. I l 1 I Fig; 'lrishsplanyiew ot the playing tool shown More specifically, my game-constructioncons insh mfi f i V 10 sistsof a vertical standard or column supporting Figi'8 shows in plan view a modified form of 10' rings ondifferent sides thereofland extendingiat theplaying tool, l different angles from the standard, the rings Figa 9 'shows in; front elevationa form of score being large enough so that the ball thrown or board aldapted ior useflwith'my gamerand tossed at them may easily .pass through any one Figrllt shows in a'view similar to Fig. 9 and.

1 5 oilthe rings, theinternal diameter of eachof the torenlarged': scale, the :portion of the score rings. vbeing preferably severalitimesxtheexternal board'allotedrto one otithe players, I i a diameter of the ball. The tool'employedtoltoss Similar numerals refer to: similar parts throughor throw the .ballis preferably provided lwith ia outitheseveral; views; l flexible support for the ball which loosely sup- AsashowniimFig 1; my game consists of aver- :0- ports thelattenso thatby a swinging movement tical-icclumn 'or standard l-0 supported at its'lower of 'the tool, itsspring portion is flexedan'd the end byia pedestall ll, said column havingimountball may be tossed or thrown asdesired'hy' the edthereonlatgdifierentheights'a plurality of rings player, By my improved scoring systemghthe B, G;D::=amzt:E; theresbeing another of these players preferably play on one ringat altime, gs, illustrated in Fig.1, which does not 35* taconstitutaan inningiof the play, andtheplays appear in'Fig .--l.. As. illustrated in Figs. 1 and 2; on the rings successively comprise'the successive thetring A-lisxtcr thesleit oi thecolumn as viewed innings of the game,:eaoh; player having prefbythetp'layer; andrirr a; horiaontal' plane; the ring erably a plurality of trials: during eachiinni'ng, B isz-aboyeitherringlA and'is also to the left of so thatif he it unsuccessfuloni-his firstltrial, he the column; andds in:a verti'cal'plane substana may still have achance to rscore during the in tial lyiperpendicular toitheline of play; the ring ning, my. improved scoring system providing Otis ahovelthe ringB and is also tothe left of that for each unsuccessful trial during the in the 01m; andris inclined somewhat to a horining; the score for the inning is reduced, so that zontal plenertorx mpl at about 30, and has aplayers'score for theinningis progressivelyless its fiont'edge uppermost; the ring Disto the as depending upon, the numberlof unsuccessful trials right ottheacolumn at substantially the height of hehashad during the inning, until finally, if-he theiring C; and isdnclined to a horizontal plane; has exhausted all of. the trials permitted to him for exampIa-atL-about 30? and has its rear ed for the inning;without passing: the:.bal1 through uppermostxthe ringlE is in'frLontofthe column the ring being played for that: inning,- his score atl- 'about the heightiofi the. ringB, and is in a 40 for-that inningtis zeros Furthermore; the-posivertieahplane substantially perpendicular to the tion' andrelation of the rings-to'theslstandardi p a eoi the and the ring F isat Sub presentivaryingamounts ofdifficulty of playrfor stantiallyfithe' he h ring a 150 the several? innings; and the amount of difliculty the right of the column and in a horizontal plane. for-any inning, is reflected =in the possible-score deflectingnplate was mounted on the column forxthat innings H l i I tdtheirighttofth'e ring Eia's-viewed by the player, My invention: will best be'understood b'y referat: suclr anainclihation to the plane of 1 the ence to the accompanying drawings illustrating a ring: E; that? when: the: ball is properly dipreferred embodiment therebflinwhich 1 .l rected againstlsaid P Will bound-from Fig; 1 illustrates my standardand rings in si'd thepllt'e horizentallt t wfl d t u the V elevation, in use during the play o'f' the game, ring E; the'tihclination: of said plate. being sub Fig; 2 s'how's in' frontelevation to'an enlarged stanti'ally 'ififtc the plane ot th'e ringE, tasmore same, t fl t n h uth' rparts lsupportd clearlyzshownemxl 'ige.4; A deflecting plate. [3 thereby, I 1 isi snppoiztedishgithezcolumn below: the. ring :F Fi'g. 3- is a plan view 'of the structure shown in snflilcient inclination to a horizontal I Fig, 2, taken along-theline 3:3 pm xosrexamnieabcuaaoe, sol that whentthe ball strikes the plate 13, it will rebound upwardly through the ring F.

In the play of the game, the following restrictions are preferably imposed, although it will be understood that the number, arrangement and play of the ball to be downwardly through the: ring A, from front to rear through the ring 2B, upwardly through ring C, downwardlythrough ring D; from the plate l2 through 'th'e' ring E from right to left, and from' the plate l3 up wardly through ring F. .As illustrated in Fig. 3, by placing two of the rings at'substantiallythe same height,'I .am. able tomountboith of'them, for example the rings '0 and D, on a sleeve I l provided with a bore thatis a loose fit on thecolumn In, the sleeve being held on 'thejcolumn' at a desired height by a setscrew 5. a Similarly, asshown in Fig. 4, the rings 3 and E are secured to a sleeve l6 which is secured to the column H) at a desired height by the set screw I7, and the plate I2 is conveniently supported by abracket' 18 secured to the sleeve 48; 'Similarly as shown in Fig. 5, the rings A and F are secured-to, a sleeve l9 which may beheld at a, desired height on .the column 10 by means of a set screw 20. As shown in Fig. 2 the 'plate 13 is supportedon an' arm 2! extending from a sleeve 22 supported atdesiredheight on the column IE2 by a set screw23/ 7 As shown in Figs. 6 and ,7, the. tool employ I to throw or toss thevball in the play of the'game,

so that in handling theball, a perceptible amount of flexing is imparted to the Wire. This is'particularly true when theball is handled as I prefer to require in the play of the game,consisting first in holding the handle 24in horizontal position towards the column I 0 as illustrated in Fig. 1, with the ball 26 resting on the ring 25a, after which the players arm and the tool are lowered, swinging the ball in an arc indicated by the dotted line 2'! until the ball is adjacent the, ankle of the player, after which the arm and the playing tool are raised to impart the desired movement .to the ball, towards the particular one of the rings which at that time is the target for the ball; 3 s ,1; .I

If preferred, the playing :tool may be constructed as illustrated in Fig.6 by forming the resilient portion of the tool of a double wire 28, both ends of which are inserted in the handle 24a, the mid portion of the wire being bent into ring form as illustrated at 28d sothat the ring is of substantially the same'size as the'ring 2511. I

In Fig. 9, I illustrate a score board at 29, which I find to be effective forlusei in. connection with the system of scoring which'imparts added in-, terestto the gamefsaid scorev boardbeing providedwith several similar's'coring compartments ber of players, which compartments for convenience are given numbers to identify the several.

players. In Fig. 10, I illustrate to an enlarged scale, one of the players compartments on the score board, for example the compartment 29a.

As shown in Fig; 10, the compartment 29a is provided with a plurality of vertical lines one for each of the rings or innings A to F inclusive, and a plurality of horizontal lines having numerals at their left hand ends to designate corresponding scores for different ones of the plays. The small circles 30 illustrate holes formed in the score board in vertical and horizontal rows at the intersections of said vertical and said horizontal lines, to receive scoring pegs, and the double circles 3] illustrate particular ones of the peg holes,

in which pegs are placed at the beginning of the play, one for each of the rings or innings A to F inclusive, that is to say at the beginning of the play there will be a peg inserted in the uppermost one of each of the vertical series of peg holes, for use, by the corresponding player as the game 29a, 2911,2530, 29d,etc. depending upon the numprogresses, and since the same construction is employed'for each; of the other scoring compartments, each of the other players has his scoring pegs similarly located in his compartment. While the number of trials the player may have before he has played out :any inning, is an arbitrary matter, I find that it adds considerable interest to the game, if a player may have repeated opportunityto make any particular ring during the corresponding inning of play, for example seven trials. With this number of trials, and assuming the play to be at the beginning of the first inning, if the'first trial is a failure, the player moves players score for any inning being the amount indicated by the horizontal line through the hole containing his scoring peg at the beginning of his successful trial for that inning. Itwill be noted that the scoring values decrease downwardly, which has the effect of penalizing the player for each unsuccessful trial, until finally if he has exhausted hisztrials without success for any inning, his score for that inning automatically becomes zero.. It will also be noted thatfor certain of the'lettered columns, the double circles are at, higher scoring values than for others of the lettered columns. This. is, to' compensate for different amounts'of difficulty involved in scor= ing through the corresponding. rings during the play of the game, thescoring system permitting any'desired scoring values, any desired premiums for diflicult hazardsand any desired penalties for failure in repeated trials, whether the scoring system is employed in connection with the presentpgame or any other desired game; Inany event, it is desirable that theflnumber of peg holes'in each vertical row, shall be equal to the number of trials per inning plusone, and that the lowermost one of each of said vertical rows of peg holes, shall be in the" horizontal line marked 0. It will be understood that the column and rings described may have ;any;.s1 ze, proportions and construction, and be of any materials adapted to the purposes described. I find it convenient to have the column about six feet high and to construct it of metal tubing, although any other material adapted to the purpose, may be employed if preferred. Again, I prefer to make the rings of metal tubing'and to make the internal diameters thereof about 10 inches, although I do not limit myself in these respects, since the rings may be of any other material adapted to the purpose and may have other diameters and shapes if preferred, and the term rings is used in the claims in a generic sense to include" any size, shape and form of these devices adapted to the purpose, whether they be circular or otherwise, and whether they be closed rings or otherwise the only requirements being that they shallbe visible to the player, of sufficient rigidity so that they cannot be readily or permanently deformed, and that their size and shape, Whether circular or otherwise, will readily permit the ball employed, to score by means of them. Again, I find it convenient to employ a tennis ball in playing the game, but obviously any size and kind of ball adapted to the purpose, may be used. I find that the game is more interesting however, if the ball is resilient and lively, rather than dead and sluggish. The players tool may be of any desired materials and have any desired size and flexibility, depending upon whether the manner of handling the ball during the play, is as de scribed above, or different therefrom. Furthermore, the seat in said tool for the ball employed, may have any desired conformation that will loosely support the ball, either circular or other- Wise.

While I have shown my invention in the particular embodiment above described, it will be understood that I do not limit myself to this exact construction as I may employ equivalents known to the art at the time ofthe filing of this application without departing from the scope of the appended claims.

What I claim is:

1. In a game, the combination of a vertical standard, a base supporting said standard, rings in different positions and inclinations and supported by said standard for the passage through them of a ball in playing the game, said rings being substantially larger than said ball, and defiecting plates supported by said standard'and so positioned with respect to certain rings that balls properly striking said plates will go through said rings.

2. In a game, the combination of a vertical column, a base supporting said column, sleeves secured atdifferent heights to said column, rings secured to and supported by said sleeves at different angles to the line of play and requiring correspondingly different paths of travel of a ball to pass the ball through the rings in playing the gamaand deflecting plates carried by said column and so positioned with respect to certain rings that balls properly striking said plates will go through said rings, whereby in passing the ball through each of said certain rings, the ball is projected against the corresponding deflector plate and rebounds therefrom through the ring associated with said deflector plate.

3. In a game, the combination of a vertical standard, a base supporting said standard, rings in different positions and inclinations and supported by said standard for the passage through them of a ball in playing the game, said rings being substantially larger than said ball, and defleeting plates supported by said standard and so positioned with respect to certain rings that balls properly striking said plates will go through said rings, said rings being respectively in vertical, horizontal and oblique positions.

4. In a game, the combination of a vertical column, a base supporting said column, sleeves secured at different heights to said column, rings secured to and supported by said sleeves at difthe ring associated with said deflector plate, said rings being respectively in vertical, horizontal and oblique positions.

5. In a game, the combination of a vertical standard, a base supporting said standard, rings in different positions and inclinations and supported by said standard for the passage through them of a ball in playing the game, said rings being substantially larger than said ball, and deflecting plates supported by said standard and so positioned with respect to certain rings that balls properly striking said plates will go through said rings, said, rings being respectively in vertical,

horizontal and oblique positions and two of said rings being in vertical position and substantially perpendicular to each other.


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U.S. Classification273/402, 273/342
International ClassificationA63F9/02
Cooperative ClassificationA63F9/0208, A63F7/2436
European ClassificationA63F9/02B1