Improvement in game-boards
US 203368 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
Patented May 7,1878.
UNITEDCSTATES PATENT OFFICE* EDWARD-B. rEIRcE, 0FLowELn-Mnssncnusnrrs.
Specification forming part of Letters Patent No. 203,368, dated May 7, 1878; application led September 12, 1877.
To all whom 'it may concern:
Be it known that I, EDWARD BURG-Ess PEIROE, of Lowell, in the county of Middlesex and State of Massachusetts, have invented a new and useful Game, which I term Parlor Base-Ball 5 which invention is fully described Land set forth in the following specication and accompanying drawings.
The nature of my invention consists in the adaptation and application of a table comprising a list of the several movements iin a field-game of base-ball, and the use of said table in the determining of moves to be made on a miniature base-ball ground, depicted on a board, tablet, or other suitable surface.4
The game can be played by any number of persons up to eighteen. The use of a movable device, in connection with the said table operated by the play/rndicates the several moves to be made/by pieces representing men on the miniature eld.
I describe my invention in detail, as follows:
In the drawing, A A represent a table comprising a list of the different movements made in a field-game of base-ball. B is a revolving pginter, which revolves laterally on the center a c.
Hl H2 and H3 indicate the several bases in a base-ball ield, H being the batters position, P being the pitchers position, and C G O C the miniature field. Little circles at the corners of bases Hl H2 H3 represent the points where the runners belong at the several movements of the game. Anything movable may be used to designate the men, pegs being very convenient for the purpose; or they may consist of miniature men.
D D represent the men in the ield, and, though not absolutely essential for playing, they serve to make the game more interesting and lively. A
. A scoring-card is represented on each side of the field, which records the game for each club supposed to be playing. Names of clubs and players thereof arev represented on each side neXt the score-blank.
The score-blank can consist of an erasible tablet; cr a separate movable blank can beinserted for use, and takenoff for preservation.
The score-blank and names of clubs can be placed in any convenient place on the playingboard.
The movements described in the four separate circles on the table are designed to indicate the movements of the batting-club at the four dilferent bases respectively. In the present case the outside circle, No. 0, is used to indicate the movement of the man supposed to be at the bat. The next toward the center, No. 1, indicates the movement ofthe man supposed to be at first base. The next toward the center, No. 2, indicates the move of the man supposed to be at second base. The inside circle, No. 3, indicates the movement of the man at third base.
The manner of playing the 'game is as follows,viz: The pointer B is revolved bya player who represents the club at the bat. When it stops revolving, the end b of the pointer B,
which is always used to indicate the play and direct the movement of the man at the bat, points in a radial direction to a certain indicated movement described in the outer circle, No. 0. This directs the movement of the first batter, and the man is stationed in the miniature iield accordingly. n The pointer is again revolved as the next man goes to the bat, and the batter end b of the pointer B being rst followed out to the outer circle, No. 0, as before, the movement of the batter is directed by the reading therein, and the opposite end r, pointing to the reading in the second circle from the outside, No. l,\indicates the movement and play given the man at iirst base. The pointer is again revolved, and the batters end b being first read, as before, indicates the movement and play of the batter, and the opposite end of the pointer r, pointing to the reading in circles No. 1 and N o. 2, indicates the play and directs the movement of the men at first and second base by the reading in the respective circles. A next movement of the pointer, and, when it stops, another reading of the play to which it points in the outside circle pointed to by the batters end b of the pointer, and the readjngin circles No. 1, No. 2, and No. 3, pointed to by the opposite end r of the pointer, indicates the play and directs the movement of the batter and men at rst, second, and third bases, respectively,
as before described. The record of the game being scored on the scoring-card, acomplete record of the separate clubs supposed to be at play is kept.
The utility of the game and the pleasure and amusement to be derived therefrom are readily perceived.
What I claim as my invention, and desire to secure by Letters Patent, is as follows:
A game apparatus consisting of the table A, marked upon its face with a list of movements of a baseball game, radially arranged, and having at its center the revolving pointer B, in combination with the miniature eld C and movable gures D, substantially as specified. v
" EDWARD B. PEIROE.
F. A. LoVEJoY, L. J. GHERRINGTON.