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Publication numberUS2562126 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJul 24, 1951
Filing dateMar 7, 1947
Priority dateMar 7, 1947
Publication numberUS 2562126 A, US 2562126A, US-A-2562126, US2562126 A, US2562126A
InventorsJames B Rishel
Original AssigneeWalter Becker
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Tiltable ball game table
US 2562126 A
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July 24, 1951 J. B. RlsHEl. 2,562,126

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Patented July 24, c1951 PATENT OFFICE A y TILTABLE BALL GAME TABLE -James B. RisheLDayton, Ollio, assignor of -f twentyum, ohio five per centto WalterBecker, Day- Application March 7, 1947 serial No. 733,041

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sons and in which the object consists in, .moving a ball or the like fromone end oilfthe board .or table to a predetermined point at the othenend, of the table while various obstacles are placed in the path of the ball to bel moved. r,One of the. best known games ,of this typeis the so-called pin ball machine in which a plunger on one side ofthe board pushes a ball `tofone end of an' ine.` clined board from where the ball rolls to the other end of the board ,while hitting various obstacles onits path. However, the drawback of vtliistype of games consists =in that once`jthe ball starts its movement on'the inclined board, it is com@ pletely out of the players control and thus does notgive him full satisiaction l,

i Itis, therefore', van object of this invention toV provide a game of the board or table type which will overcome the above mentioned drawback.

It is another object of this'iriveriticfn'il to provide a game of the board or table typ? Which-'will permit to'tilt the board or table at will`in :at leas't one direction. j j y' jj'A further object ofthe inventiobnsists the provision of `a game 4of the 'above` mentioned' type in which the table or board isy jtiltable in lon-` gitudinal direction aswell as intransversedirec# tion thereto. e y "f'Still another"l object ofthis invention consists in the'provision 'of a game'ofith'board or table type having obstacles mounted thereon some' of' which are effective in one direction while other obstacles are effective in 'the' f 1op'plosite*direction only, means being providedoperable to limit the tilting movement in a "l ongitu'dina lf direction of.' the table or board "so that onlyf oneend can' be" tilted fromthe hrjizomai pia'neunwardiy. `It is a still further object' of` this invention to; provide a 'game as set forth in thefpreceding paraj-` graph,xin which the` lim itati on o ffithe tilting movement of thev board or tablejin longitudinal direction is broughtabout.automatically but canv selectively be applied to either end of the boardv ortable. These vand, other objectsand advantages of the invention will appear ,more clearlyirom the following description in' connection with the accoml panying drawings in'which:

Figurel 1 is a topview .of tothe present invention.

Figure i2 is a :,longit din thev accordingE vFigure represents an end view of the game according to the invention, said view being taken along the line 3-3 of Figure l.

Figure 4 is a section along the line Figure 2.

7Figure 5 represents a section along the line 5-#5 of Figure 2, and

` Figure 6 shows a partial side view .of the device according tothe invention, while the play board isin one of its inclined positions.

Referring now to `the drawings, the structure field. As will be clear from Figure 1, the obstacles I Ia, I Ib, I Ic and I Id are effective in one direction as. protection `for the goal II, whereas the ob stacles I2a,':I2b, 12o and 12d are effective in the opposite direction as protection for the goal I2. The board I0 is provided withears I3 and I4 (see Figure 4,) which are pivotally connected by meansof pivots I5 and I6 with across-shaped member generally designated'by the reference numeral I1. Thiscrosseshaped member I1 is providedwith hinge portions I8 and I9 arranged at a right angle to the ears I3 and I4 and is p ivotally connected by means of pivots 20 and 2| to hinge portions 22 and 23 respectively. Thus, the pivots I5 and II allow the play board to tilt about the axis dened by said pivots, whereas thepivots 20. and 2| allow the play board I0 totilt Aabout an axis transverse to the axis definedl by the pivots I5 and I6. e

The hinge portions 22 and 23 form a part of a support'2`4 which, according to the structure,

showny in thedrawings, mayrest on a table 25. It is, of course, understood that the support 2711V mayhave any desired shape and may, if desired, rest `directly on the floor.

f The support 24 is provided with two oppositely located lugs-26 and 21 to which are fastened `in anyconvenient manner leaf springs 28 and 29 respectively. These springs are substantially equal and symmetrically arranged with regard to thel axis passing through the pivots 20 and 2l,

so that the springs 28and 29 continuously tend4 tofmove the cross-shaped member I1 and thereby also ythe play board I0 into and to hold the same.

in such aposition that the play board I0 is not laterallvinclined relative to the table 25.

" the member I1 about the axis passing through order .to enable the player or players to tilt..

Pivotally connected to each end ofi the play board l by means of pivots 3 2 and 33 is a Inan-I ually operable lever 34 and 35 respectively. Each lever has associated therewith two abutments 36a, 362) and 31a, 31h which limit the angle over which these levers can -be moved'llilach lever" has furthermore associated therewith aspring 38 and 39 respectively, `of which the spring 33 continuously urges Athe lever 34 to 4abut the abutment 36h` as indicated in dot-dash lines in Figure 5. Similarly, but in diametrically oppositel arrangement, the spring 39 continuously urges the lever 35 into abutment with: -the abutment, 31h.

Each of the levers 34 land 35 has a'nose 34a and 35a eachof which is adapted cause its lower surface to engage the upper surface of the cross-Y shaped member I1. Howeveig'the arrangement is such lthat at one and the,L same time the lower surface of only one no'se cari engage the upper surfaceloi the cross-shaped memberY l1, while the` other nose occupies a position on one side of the cross-shaped member. This is clearly illustrated in Figure 6 in which the left hand side of the board I0 is upiwhile `the right hand side of the board is down. 'VWhile in this position the left hand side of the fboar'd cannot beimoved farther downwardly,4 it can, howeverbe movedgupw'ardly with the result' that' the right han'dend'of the board can be lowered further. Thus, byswinging either lever 34 orv 35 in the verticalplane, tl'i'e b oard can be v`til-'ted longitudinalll'yfl seas'4 to in` crease the angle of mclinationjoverf that shown in, Figure 6. Simultaneously, de'si'red the board canbe tiltedvjlaterally byv the Vlshapedarms 33er 31':-` A

` If instead of the varrangement fof Figure 6, it is desired to have the left side of tlieb'oard lower than the rightsidegt is merelynecessary: to-v swing the lever 3'4 from its` dot-dash positionl inj Figure 5'into; its full line pcsitionA of; Figure 5 and then' to swing the lever 34 downwardly. As a result thereof, the nose 35awillnclear the'jsi'da of the .cross-shaped member 11,. andQ asfsoon this happens, the spring 39,"wil1 bring-the 'ng-s?V 35a into alignment with ythe adjacent'iportion' of; the member H, thereby" automatical'ly'z `blocking a return'of the .righi-hand end or theboardlll into the position shown inligure 6 untilwthe leveri- 3,5fisV shifted laterally by hand.

Referring to the particularexample shown in'L the drawing, the game maybe `played asffollows? It may be assumed thatl thev board-'l0 is being held( by one or both players in the position shown inFigure 2, and that a ballis" placed inV ,the slight: depression 4"lll provided at ,the center of the board I0. It may further be assumed thatthejplayer1 'at the ie'ftside; of. beard m, which maybe veauejatrle;

first player,` isgoing to startl the game withrthe y'"'Ilie' intention'` to. get the ball into'lthegal AI2 other, player, whichmaybe. c al1edi player, willY try toSl'fQD ,the bailbeiore it" r'eaci ieVS'- the goalQlZ by causingthe ball to vget caught any onebifvtheobstacles,I`2al|2b, Hlc'lor 2d actuating, ther Dreef 4 this end, the rst player grasps the handles 30a and 30h, whereas the second player grasps the lever 35. The second player now swings the lever 35 so as to bring the nose 35a out of alignment with the adjacent ridge of the cross-shaped member I1 and swings the lever up and down, while the first player by actuating the V-shaped arm 30'through the handles 30a andv 30b'ti1ts the board l0 laterally. In other words, the second player or the player on the defensive tilts the board longitudinally, while the rst player or L'player on theA offensive tilts the board laterally.

It should be noted that the noses 34a and 35a associated withthe levers 34 and 35 are preferably so dimensioned that, once one nose is in its eiective blocking position, the board is slightly longitudinally inclined downward toward the player on the defensive, so that the ball will aldirectly on the oor.

ways have the tendency to roll toward the player on the defensive. It is, therefore, the object of the player on the defensive to effect a quick longitudinal tilting movement when the ball is` in front of an obstacle open toward the player on the offensive` such as the obstacles 12a, I2b, I2c and l2d. When the ball is caught in one of these obstacles', the direction of moving` the ball is re-v versed, i. e. the rst player becomes the player on the defensive, and the second player becomes the player' on the offensive with the aim to bring the ball into the goal I l. Therefore, the lever 34V is now unblocked by swinging it laterally and then pressing it downwardly whereupon the lever automaticallymoves into its blocking position.v The boardv is now inclined so that the lower end is adjacent the iirst player, and the play may be continued in the manner described above but in reverse direction. When a goal is made, the play will again be started from the center, whereas, when no goal is made and the ball is stopped by one ofthe obstacles, the course of the ball may be reversed from the last stop or Whatever rules. may beagreed upon. j

It is, of course, understood, that the present in? vention by no means, limited to the specific, construction illustrated in the drawings but also, comprises any modifications within thevscope of= the appended claims. For instance, if desired, the support 24 maybe provided with legs to. rest` Furthermore, the shape` of the play board may be oval or of any other. configuration. Also the obstacles may be of anydesired type, or may even be so arranged as vto light up when hit, or to .actuate any desired typeV of signal.

What I claim is:

1. A tiltable ball game table comprising in comf bination a playing board, obstacle means arranged in spacedrelationship on said board, supporting means for said board, connecting means manually operable means into the path vof said.

abutment means to thereby .limit the upvvard'fr tilting movement of one end of said boards 1dH second means being shiftable manually aga'ih'st the thrust of said yielding means and out of the I path of said labutment means to VVallow"further upward tilting movement of said `one end.- v

2. A tiltable game table comprising in combination, a board, rst obstacle means arranged in spaced relationship on said board and adapted to catch and stop a ball in its movement from one end to the other end of said board but not vice versa, second obstacle means arranged in spaced relationship on said board but effective in a direction opposite to the direction of effectiveness of said rst obstacle means, supporting means for supporting said board, joint means connecting said supporting means with said board so as to allow swinging movement of said board laterally and longitudinally, first tilting means operatively connected to said board for tilting said board longitudinally only, second tilting means operatively connected to said board and' operable simultaneously with, but independently of said first tilting means for tilting said board laterally only, thereby making interference of one tilting movement by the other tilting movement impossible, and blocking means connected to said first tilting means and normally preventing movement of said board into a horizontal plane, said rst tilting means being operable manually to move said blocking means into an ineffective position to thereby allow movement of said board into a horizontal plane.

3. A tiltable game table comprising in combination, a board, first obstacle means arranged in spaced relationship on said board and adapted to stop a ball moving from one end of said board to the opposite end thereof, second obstacle means arranged in spaced relationship on said board but effective in opposite direction to the direction of effectiveness of said rst obstacle means, supporting means for said board, universal joint means connecting said board with said supporting means, rst means for eiecting tilting movement of said board only in the longitudinal direction thereof, second means operable simultaneously with said first means but independently thereof for tilting said board laterally only, thereby preventing interference of said longitudinal tilting movement by said lateral tilting movement and vice versa, and means movably connected to said board and operable to move into the longitudinal tilting path of said board to thereby prevent tilting movement of said board into a horizontal plane.

4. A tiltable game table comprising in combination, a board, obstacle means arranged in spaced relationship on said board so as to prevent a ball from moving in a straight line from a point at one end of said board to a straightly opposite point at the other end of said board,

supporting means for said board, means connectingsaid supporting means to said board so as to allow independent tilting movements of said board simultaneously in longitudinal direction and transverse thereto, manually operable means connected to said board for tilting said board in longitudinal direction thereof, abutment means operatively connected to said manually operable means and movable into an effective position for limiting the longitudinal tilting movement of said board to a predetermined minimum angle relative to a horizontal plane, said abutment means being adapted selectively to be moved into an ineffective position and yielding means in operative engagement with said abutment means and` operable automatically to move said abutment means into effective position in response to a predetermined tilting movement of said board relative to said horizontal plane.

5. A tiltable game table comprising in combination, a board, obstacle means arranged in spaced relationship on said board, supporting means for said board, an intermediate member arranged between said board and said support, said intermediate member being pivotally connected to said board and said supporting means so as to allow longitudinal as well as lateral tilting movement of said board, iirst handle means associated with the ends of said board and operable to eiect longitudinal tilting movement only of said board, second handle means arranged adjacent said rst handle means but operable independently thereof and connected to said intermediate member for eiecting lateral tilting movement only of said board, and means arranged in the longitudinal tilting path of said board to maintain said board at a minimum of inclination in the longitudinal direction thereof with regard to a horizontal plane, thereby preventing said board from being tilted into a horizontal plane.


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U.S. Classification273/110
International ClassificationA63F7/38
Cooperative ClassificationA63F7/386
European ClassificationA63F7/38R