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Feb. 27, 1940. M. E. MINGER GAME APPARATUS Filed Dee. 20. 19:58
2 Sheets-Sheet 1 wvrm m MME mmc.. /mm Essa :du wwo.. .Ecu H H l l uw .Si @di l., Erm ,/l/ H U HL y |NVENTOR ATTORNEYS Feb. 27, 1940. M. E. MINGER GAME APPARATUS Filed Deo. 20. 1958 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 INVE OR ATTORNEYS Patented Feb. 27A 1940 i l l GAME APPAltAjfrUs MichaelE. lI/Iingenlottsville, Pa., assigner offenehalf't'o Edward P. White, Pottsville, Pa.
Application This invention-relates to aerial projectile game apparatus, and its general object is toprovide an apparatus of that character in the form ofa toy which' I term table basketball, in that it includes afsuspended basket and a manually operated and controlled catapult for projecting a ball toward the-basket, as well as chance means actuated by"the"ballV when passed through the basket, to determine the score of the players, with the 'result it will be seen' that my game combines the elementsl of skill and luck and therefore affords much amusement and fun, regardless of the skill of the players.
Afurther object is to provide a toy basketball l5 game apparatus that is simple in construction,
inexpensive to manufacture and extremely efcient in operation, use and service.
This invention also consists in certain other features of construction and in the combination and arrangement of the several parts, to be hereinafter fully described, illustrated in the accompanying drawings and specifically pointed out in the appended claim.
In describing the invention in detail, reference Will be had to the accompanying drawings wherein like characters denote like or corresponding parts throughout the several views, and in which: f l' Figure 1 is la vertical sectional view taken through the apparatus whichv forms the subject matter of the present invention with parts i elevation. y
Figure 2 is a top plan view thereof.
Figure 3 is a sectional view taken approxi` mately on line 3--3` of Figure 1, looking in the direction of the arrows.
Figure 4 is a sectional view taken approxi# mately on line 4 4 of Figure 1, looking in the f direction of the arrows.
Figure 5 is a View illustrating the indicia on the respective faces of the cube or die used with my game. l f f Figure 6 is afragmentary top plan view of a modified form of catapult. n
Figure 7 is a vertical sectional view taken therethrough.
Referring to the drawings in detail, the reference numeral I indicates the base of my apparatus which as shown is of flat elongated rec- 50 tangular formation and secured to the base preferably midway its ends for disposal transversely thereof is a strip member 2 recessed to receive the base and of a length to extend beyond the opposite sides thereof to aid in supporting the 55 same lagainst tilting or undue movement, as
December' 20, 1938', Serial No; 246,888
1 claim. (eri 21a- 85) will be apparent and 4;
The basketsupporting means vis arranged at one end of the base I and includes a cross member 3 `xed4 to the base by`a wing nut and bolt connection 4 and recessed as vshown to fit the base and tov extend upon opposite sidesy thereof,
upon inspection of Figures 2 to cooperate with the strip member y2 lfor the purpose set" forthfor the latter. Secured to and rising from' the extending vends of the crossmember 3; is al pair of parallel uprights 5 having secured thereto adjacent their upper ends in bridging relation, a bank board 6.
The basket includes a wire frame I having a ring likeportionfrom which extend fastening bracket members 8 passed through the board and disposed in clamping engagement therewith,
l asbest shown in Figure 1, and threaded on the ring likeportion is the body 9 of the basket which is preferably formed from woven cord in the usual truncated conical formation. t
Mounted adjacent the opposite ends of the base I is the catapult or ball projecting means of my apparatus, and in the form as shown in Figures 1 and 2, the catapult includes a mounting block I0 disposed transversely ofthe 'base and secured thereto by lugs II fixed to the opposite sides of the base, as indicated in Figure 1. The lugs have openings therein adjacentv their lupper ends to act as bearings for the ends of a pivot pin I2 that extends transversely through one end of the fiat or paddle likecatapult lever I3 which has mounted on the upper surface thereof adjacent its opposite end and secured accordingly by adhesive material or any suitable means, a ball cup Id'having a concaved seat therein for receiving the ball I5.
The catapult is rspring actuated and limited in its swinging movement;v by toggle links I6 arranged in vpairs and' having their outer ends pivotally'connected tothe lever I3 and the base respectively, while their inner ends are pivotally connected to the ends of a pin I'I which. has secured thereto one end of a coil spring I8, the opposite end of the spring being connected to an eye-bolt I9 mounted through the block I and provided with a wing nut 20. By that construction, it will be obvious that the throw of the lever I3 can be adjusted so as to retain the catapult under proper `tension at all times, sol that it will have'suflicient power to project the ball a sufficientdistance to pass through the basket.
Secured to the base and disposed; transversely thereof adjacent to the basket supporting meansy is a mounting-block 2l reduced throughout its length at its upper portion to act as a support for a paddle like platform 22 to rest thereon for rocking movement. However, the platform or rocking member 22 may be rockably secured to the mounting block 2l, but in any event one end portion of the rocking member 22 Lis arranged below the basket for disposal in the path of the ball when passed therethrough, as shown by the arrows in Figure 1, so as to rock the member 22 from its full line position to its dotted line position, for projectinga die or cube 23 from the opposite end thereof, as likewise shown lin lsligure and bolt connection 25 land supported at an inclination with respect to the base by a mounting block 26, the latter having an inclined upper surface for that purpose. Secured adjacent the upper end of the lever 24 by a wing nut and bolt connection 21 is a ball cup 28.
It will be obvious that regardless of the form of catapult used, that the ball is placed within the cup thereof, thence pressure is applied to the free end of thelever by the player andwhen pressure is released, the ball will be projected into space toward the basket, the object beingto cause the ball topass through the `baske-t'for.
actuating the chance means, that includes `the indicia bearing cube, in the manner as previously set forth.
It is thought from the foregoing description w invention will be lreadily apparent.'v v,
It isto be understood that changes` maybe made in the construction and in the combination that the advantages and novel featuresof thel 1 appended claim. y What I claim is:
In a table basketball game, a base, basket suspendediabove vsaid base, asupporting block secured to said base andl having a reduced upper portion providing a bearing, a platform rockably mountedv on the bearing andl arranged withone and arrangement of the several parts, p r-crvided.y j that such changes fall within the scopefofI the f end'V portion thereof directly'v underlying (the,
basket for disposal in the path of a ball whenp passed through the basket for the ball to-"ItiltY the platform, and playing and score keeping indicia bearing means to be placed upon the'opposite end portion of the platform to be projected therefrom when the platform is tilted by the ballpso"` as to determine the plays and score of thegame when said means comes to rest. y A
- MICHAEL E; MINGER.