US 2652250 A
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0. J. ALDER ET AL BASEBALL BATTING TEE Sept. 15, 1953 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 Filed Nov. 27, 1950 In ventar lder Orin J A Frank Jacobs Sept. 15, 1953 o. J. ALDER ET AL 2,652,250
BASEBALL BATTING TEE Filed Nov. 2'7, 1950 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 Inventor Orin J. Alder Fran/r Jacobs Patented Sept.
UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE 2,652,250 BASEBALL BATTING TEE Orin All!!! and Frank Jacobs, Boise, Idaho Aispiiati'ot November 27, 1950, Serial No.
vide an improved mechanical structure which is capable of being folded in that it will fit into a bat bag or a specially provided bag and yet when the device is set up it is capable of serving its function properly.
A further object of this invention is to provide tual baseball or a simulated one, which assembly includes a resilient element swingingly ihounted for protection of the bat and batter in the event that the ball is not properly struck.
Ancillary objects and features of importance will become apparent in following the description of the illustrated forms of the invention.
In the drawings: V I
Figure 1 is a perspective view of the device;
Figure 2 is a sectional view taken oh the line of 2--2 of Figure 1;
Figure 3 is a plan view of the device in the folded condition; A V
Figure 4 is an enlarged sectional view taken on the line 4-4 Figure 1;
Figure 5 is a sectional view of the ball holding assembly of Figure 1;
Figure 6 is an enlarged sectional view taken on the line BB of Figure 1;
Figure 7 is a perspective view of a part of the inner boom section; and
Figure 8 is an exploded perspective view of a slightly modified form of ball holder.
In carrying out this invention there is provided a base H) which is preferably made of tubular stock and includes sides l2 and [4 together with ends 16 and 18 which are connected together by means of the cross member 20.
A boom generally indicated at 22 consists of an inner boom section 24 connected to an outer boom section 25. The inner boom section is made from two converging rods or tubes 28 and 30 which are connected together at their inner ends by the cross member 32 through which the spindle 34 passes. The ends of the spindle are held in place in the bearings 36 and 38, which are fixed to the sides 12 and I4 of the base.
A cross member 40 is rigidly fixed to the coin verging members 28 and 30 near their outer ends and a U-shaped holder 42 has its legs disposed in the bores of the converging members 28 and 30 to facilitate holding the converging member assembled.
Axially aligned tubes 44 and 46 are welded or otherwise rigidly fixed to the converging membetween the cross members 32 and 43 rod 58 which is passed through The lower end or the rod 58 is pivoted as by the pin B'll which is disthe boom section 26 there is a pivot pin 16 which is passed through the bore of a sleeve '80 which a container or sack.
Attention is now invited to Figure 5. A pivot pin is illustrated in this view, this pin passing through bearings 9| and 92 which are formed at a ball retaining recess 95, for preventing the ball from inadvertently falling from the standard.
Attached to the bearing 94 is a stud 96 which has the tube 91 threaded thereon. A counterweight 98 is fixed to the tube 91 to gravitationally hold the standard 93 in the upright and proper ball holding position.
In Figure 8 there is a slightly modified version of the assembly for releasably retaining the ball in place. The standard 99 is shaped very similar to the standard 93, but is slightly shorter. its bottom end there is a tongue I which is fitted in the groove I92 of the block I94. This block has a bearing I06 disposed therein and is constructed very similar to thebearing 94*,Tserv ing the identical function. The counterweight holding element is connected in the socket I09 of the bearing I09 in order to prepare the ball holder for use at the outer end of the boom 22. By employing the structure of Figure 8 in lieu of the structure of Figure a less expensive assembly may be obtained in as much as there need be no fastening of rubber to metal since the block I94 may be made of wood or other material.
The inner end of the boom section 26 overlaps the outer end of the boom section 24 a slight amount and the overlapping portions constitute .-a stop to hold the sections retained in a predeterimined hinged condition as disclosed in Figure 2, whereby the sections may be easily folded to the position shown in Figure 3 for storage and transportation. In transit or storage the ball assembly may be removed by a simple removal of the pin 90.
In operation the device is adjusted to the desired height and the ball simply placed in one of the recesses 95, depending upon which ball holding assembly is used. Then, the batter may practice either under the direction of a coach or for his own satisfaction.
Having described the invention, what is claimed as new is:
1. A baseball batters training device comprising a base, a first boom section having its inner end pivoted to said base, means interconnecting said first boom section and said base for holding the first boom in selected pivoted positions, a hinge pin mounted on said first boom section intermediate the inner and outer ends thereof, a second boom section extending longitudinally of said first boom section, the inner end of said second boom section overlapping the outer end of said first boom section and being pivotally connected to said hinge pin, the overlapping ends of said sections constituting a stop for limiting pivotal movement of the second section in one direction, and means mounted at the outer end of said second section for releasably holding a ball, said base including forward and rearward ends and a cros member extending between and interconnecting said ends, said first boom section being pivoted to said base adjacent the rearward end thereof and extending toward the forward end, said first mentioned means including a rod pivotally secured to said cross member, a clamping sleeve rotatably carried by said boom section, said rod being received in said clamping sleeve.
A baseball batters training device comprising a base, a first boom section having its inner end pivoted to said base, means interconnecting said first boom section and said base for holding the first boom in selected pivoted positions, a hinge pin mounted on said first boom section intermediate the inner and outer endsthereof, a second boom section extending longitudinally of said first boom section, the inner end of said second boom section overlapping the outer end of said first boom section and being pivotally connected to said hinge pin, the overlapping ends of said sections constituting a stop for limiting pivotal movement of the second section in one direction, and means mounted at the outer end of said second section for releasably holding a ball, said last mentioned means including a pivot pin carried by the outer end of said second boom and a ball holding element carried by said pivot pin and a counterweight carried by said ball holding element.
ORIN J. ALDER.
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