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Publication numberUS2141723 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateDec 27, 1938
Filing dateNov 1, 1937
Priority dateNov 1, 1937
Publication numberUS 2141723 A, US 2141723A, US-A-2141723, US2141723 A, US2141723A
InventorsPieper Conrad C
Original AssigneePieper Conrad C
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
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Dee. 27, 193s. C. c. PIEPER 2,141,723

BRAKE Fild Nov. l, 1937 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 Dec. 27,1938.` c. c. PIEPER I 2,141,723

BRAKE Filed Nov; 1, 1957 2 sheets-shea 2 Patented Dec. 27, 1938 UNITED STATES PATENT `l FME 1 Claim.

This invention relates to game apparatus.

It is an object of this invention to provide a game apparatus which is relatively simple and inexpensive in construction and eiiicient in use.

Another object of the present invention is to provide a novel game apparatus which is especially adapted for use as a baseball game apparatus but which may also be employed to play various other games.

An additional object of the present invention is to provide in a game apparatus, a novel device for indicating the score or play made by the player or players, that is, to show the score made by the player after each operation thereof.

An additional object of the invention is to provide in the new game apparatus a novel device for braking, that is, stopping the operation of the spinning disc or rotatable member which is embodied in the same.

A further object of the invention is to provide, in combination with the braking mechanism, a novel device for indicating the score or play made by the player at each operation of the disc.

An additional object of the invention is to construct the indicating device and the braking mechanism, relative to each other, so that when the braking mechanism is operated to stop the rotation of the disc the indicator will move in a manner simulating the action of a baseball player batting.

Another object of the invention is to construct the new game apparatus in such a manner that the aforesaid indicator normally points to a sight opening which is formed in the top wall of the cabinet so as to reveal the score or play made by the player at each operation of the disc, as shown by the marking on the disc which is visible in the sight opening when the disc comes to rest, and so that when the braking mechanism is operated the indicator will move relative to the sight opening in a manner simulating the action of a baseball player batting.

Other objects will appear hereinafter.

The invention consists in the novel combination and arrangement of parts to be hereinafter described and claimed.

The invention will be best understood by reference to the accompanying drawings showing the preferred form of construction, and in which:

Fig. 1 is a top plan view of a preferred form of the new game apparatus with a part of the top wall of the cabinet broken away to show the disc arranged therein;

Fig. 2 is a fragmentary detail View of a part of the disc-braking device;

(Cl. 18S-74) Fig. 3 is a fragmentary vertical sectional View on line 3 3 in Fig. `l, illustrating the rotatable member or spinning disc, the braking mechanism therefor, and the score or play indicating device;

Fig. 4 is a top plan View oi a modified form of 5 the-invention; and

Fig. 5 is a fragmentary vertical sectional detail View on line 5 5 in Fig. 4.

A preferred form of the new game apparatus is illustrated in Figs. 1 to 3, inclusive, is therein gen- 10 erally indicated at I il, and comprises a cabinet or casing I i which includes a substantially horizontal top wall I2 on which the representations of a baseball player or the like I3 may be inscribed in any suitable manner, if desired. Rotatably 15 mounted in the cabinet I I, below the top wall I2, as at I4, is a, disc I5 on the upper surface of which the various plays and scores possible of a baseball, or other game, are inscribed in radially arranged sections or areas I6. Attached to the disc I5, 20 centrally thereof, and projecting upwardly above the top wall I2 is a finger grip or knob I'I by means of which the disc I5 may be rotated.

Pivotally mounted between its ends, as at I3, in the cabinet II, below the top wall I2, and ad- 25 jacent one corner of the cabinet is a brake-operating member or lever i9, which includes a handle portion 20, and this handle portion 20 projects exteriorly of the cabinet ll through an opening 2| which is formed in the side wall 22 of the same. 30

Mounted on an arm 23 of the brake-operating member I9 is a brake member or friction element 2i which may be made of rubber, leather or like friction material, and this friction-element is engageable with the peripheral edge 25 of the disc 35 I5, the friction element 24 being normally urged out of engagement with the disc 25 by a resetting spring 26 which is attached to the brake-operating lever I 9.

Mounted on the lateral extension 23 of the 40 brake-operating lever I9 is a pin 28, the upper end portion of which projects above the playing board or top wall I2 (Fig. 3) ofthe cabinet IB. Mounted on this pin 28, above the playing board l2, is an indicator 29 which is shown as having the form 45 oi the upper portion of a baseball player holding a bat 30 (Fig. 1).

Provided in the playing board I2, for a purpose tobe explained presently, is a radial slot or sight opening 3|. 50

In the use of the preferred form of the new game apparatus, which is shown in Figs. 1 to 3, inclusive, the game represented by the same may be played by one player alone, or by two or more players competitively, and this is accomplished 55 spring 26, thereby moving the friction elementV 24 into engagement with the peripheral edge 25 of the disc and thus stopping the latter, it being noted in this connection, that when the disc I5 cornes to rest one of the radial sections I6 on which a score or play is printed will be in alignment or registration with the sight opening 3| in the playing board I2 so as to indicate the play or score the player has made by spinning the disc I5.

During the operation of the braking mechanism I9-2ll-23-24 the upwardly extending pin 28 carried thereby is pivoted (clockwise, Fig. V1) thereby moving the indicator 29 in a manner to simulate the action of a baseball player swinging at a ball, and when the brake mechanism is released and is returned to its initial position, by the resetting spring 26, the portion 3l] of the indicator 29, which represents a` baseball players bat, will point to the slot or sight opening 3l in the playing board YI2 so as to indicate the particular score or play which the player has made by spinning the disc I5. However, if the disc I5 stops in a position wherein one of the radial sections I6 is not in full view in the sight opening 3I this may be counted. as no play and the disc rotated again.

A modified form of the new game apparatus is shown in Figs. 4 and 5, is therein generally indicated at 32, and comprises a cabinet 33 which includes a substantially horizontal top wall or playing board 34 on the upper surface of which is a radially arranged row of sections 35 in which various baseball plays and scores may be inscribed.

In this form of the invention a disc 36 is rotatably mounted as at 3T, centrally of the playing board 34, and this disc 36 is provided, above the playing board 34, with a finger grip or knob 38. The disc 36 is likewise provided with an indicator or pointer portion 39.

In the use of the modified form of the new game apparatus which is shown in Figs. 4 and 5 the disc 36 is rotated by grasping the hand knob 38, kand when the disc comes to rest the pointer or indicator 39 thereon will point to one of the radial sections 35 on the playing board and thus indicate the particular score or play the player has made by rotating the disc 36. Y While I have illustrated and described Vthe preferred form of construction for carrying my invention into effect, this is capable of variation and modification, without departing from the Spirit of the invention. I, therefore, do not wish to be limited to the precise details of construction set forth, but .desire to avail myself of such variations and modifications as come within the scope of the appended claim.

I claim:

In a game apparatus of the type which includes a casing having a top wall `and a disc rotatably mounted in the said Vcasing below the said top wall and having indicia thereon representing various scores and plays in a game and in which the disc has a finger grip portion projecting above the top wall thereof for spinning the same: a device for braking'the said disc to stop rotation thereof, said braking device including a brake-operating member pivotally mounted in the said casing below the said top. wall thereof and having a handle portion projecting exteriorly of the said casing, and a friction element mounted on and carried by the said brake-operating member` on the upper surface of the latter and between the ends thereof and frictionally engagea-ble, below the top wall of said casing, with the peripheral edge of said disc, said brakeeperating member including a portion normally projecting below the bottom surface of said disc and said friction element being adapted to be moved into frictional or braking engagement with the said disc by manual operation of the said brake-operating member' and its said handle portion, and a spring arranged in the said casing below the top wall thereof and having one end portion anchored in the said casing and having its other end attached to the said handle portion of said brake-operating member and normally urging the latter in a .direction to move the said'friction element carried thereby out of engagement with the peripheral edge of said disc.

CONRAD C. PIEPER.

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US2671665 *Aug 18, 1949Mar 9, 1954Rothgery Walter HRotary game wheel
US3227453 *Feb 19, 1963Jan 4, 1966George A SwartzSimulated ball game apparatus
US4036502 *Mar 29, 1976Jul 19, 1977Barnett LevyIndicator device
US5197736 *Nov 22, 1989Mar 30, 1993Backus Alan LRotary lottery number generating means having peripheral fields proportionately sized
Classifications
U.S. Classification188/74, 273/244.1, 273/142.00R
International ClassificationA63F9/00, A63F11/00
Cooperative ClassificationA63F2011/0016, A63F11/00
European ClassificationA63F11/00