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Publication numberUS3169019 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateFeb 9, 1965
Filing dateApr 3, 1961
Priority dateApr 3, 1961
Publication numberUS 3169019 A, US 3169019A, US-A-3169019, US3169019 A, US3169019A
InventorsConrad Genjack
Original AssigneeConrad Genjack
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Baseball catching and throwing cup for attachment to a bat or other article
US 3169019 A
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Feb 9, 1965 c. GENJACK 3,%, v

BASEBALL CATCHING AND maowms cu? FOR ATTACHMENT TO A BAT OR OTHER ARTICLE Filed April 3. 1961 mun/roe BY y .5 ,4 HTIDRNEW V placed in the cup.

' rates This invention relates to game apparatus to be used with a ball, and particularly with a baseball.

An object of the present invention is the provision'of game apparatus by the use of which a child or anyone else may practice batting in order to improve it, as well as amuse himself.

Another object is the provision of game apparatus which may be applied to an article, such as a baseball bat or a hand, for catching and throwing a ball.

A further object is the provision of game apparatus including a ball bat which enables a child to grasp the bat properly for batting and .then to flip the ball into the air without releasing his grip in order to swing at the ball in accordance with correct batting procedure.

This ball game apparatus may be used on a hand for catching and throwing a ball, or it may be used in com bination with a ball bat for batting practice and amusement. When associated with a bat, it may also be used for catching and throwing a ball somewhat in the same manner as a lacrosse stick. The apparatus includes a shallow cup for receiving and holding a ball, and grip ping means secured to the cup at the bottom thereof for holding it on a bat or hand for movement therewith. For example, if the gripping means is used to hold the cup on a bat, the cup is usually positioned near the outer end of the hat. The bat is heldin a substantially horizontal plane with the cup opening upwardly, and the ball is If a child is attempting to irnprove his batting, he can grip the bat properly with both hands. Then he flips the ball into the air by swinging the bat upwardly and suddenly stopping the movement. The ball is'tossed or flipped'high enough to enable him to swing the bat backwardly and then forwardly in time to connect with the ball in the. usual manner. Thus, the apparatus eliminates the necessity-'ofa childv using one hand to toss the ball into the air in order to strike it as is:usually done during batting practice, or when batting a ball for pleasure. The'cup preferably" is tilted forwardly on the bat relative to the batter so that when the ball is flipped upwardly, it goes fairly straight up rather than towards said batter.

Although the cup is relatively small, it is large enough to enable a person holding the bat to catch a ball in it which has been thrown to him. He can also throw the ball by wielding the bat in somewhat the same manner as a lacrosse stick. In addition to this, the cup may be removed from the bat and used in a hand for catching and throwing a ball.

Examples of this invention are illustrated in the accompanying drawings, in which,

FIGURE 1 is a reduced elevation of the game apparatus including a bat, illustrating how it is held before the ball is flipped into the air,

FIGURE '2 is a perspective view of apparatus on a hand,

FIGURE 3 is a plan view of the game apparatus,

FIGURE 4 is an end elevation, partly in section, of the apparatus, Y I

FIGURE 5 is an elevation substantially at right angles to the elevation of FIGURE 4,

FIGURE 6 is a cross section taken on the line 6-6 of FIGURE 3, and

FIGURE 7 is a bottom plan view form of game apparatus.

the ball game of an alternative I outside the cup bottom.

a by swinging the bat in an upward direction.

Referring to FIGURES 1 to 6 of the drawin s, 10 is a ball game apparatus including a shallow cup 11. This cup has a bottom 12 and an annular wall 13 projecting out Wardly therefrom. The cup bottom and annular wall form a socket 116 for receiving a ball 17, as illustrated in FIGURE 1. .A relatively large groove 20 extends across the outer surface of bottom 12, said groove preferably being transversely curved in cross section, as indicated at 22 in FIGURE 4. The groove also is longitudinally inclined relative to cup bottom 12, the angle of inclination being indicated at 23 in FIGURE 6.

A suitable gripping means is attached to cup 11 to hold the latter on an article, such as a bat 25 in FIGURE 1, or a hand 27in FIGURE 2. This gripping means is preferably in the form of an elastic band 30 which is adapted to extend around the bat or hand. It is also preferable to detachably connect the band to the cup.

In the preferred form of the invention, gripping band 30 is attached to cup 11 by means of a passage 33 extending transversely through cup bottom 12, said band extending through said passage and hanging in a loop 34 If the band is detachably con nected to the cup, as preferred, the central portion of passage 33 may 'open out into the bottom of socket 16 as at 36, see FIGURE 3. With this arrangement, the band extends through passage 33 and over the bottom of socket 16 which is actually the surface of cup bottom 12. In order to insert and remove band 30 from passage 33, cup 11 has a slot 38 therein opening outwardly from said cup and communicating with the passage. Actually, slot 38 is in the form of two diametrically opposite slits 3i and 49 through the annular wall 13 of the cup and extending down to passage 33 therebeneath. Sections 3% and 40 of slot 38 provide an entrance into passage 33 for band 30.

When it is desired to' use the apparatus for batting practice, band 30 is placed aroundbat 25 near the outer end to hold cup 11 on said bat. Ball 17 is placed in cup -.11, and is tossed 'or flipped upwardly into the air The ball is flipped-high enough to enable the person holding the bat to swing the latter backwardly and then forwardly in time to connect with the ball as it drops towards the ground. With this arrangement, the user does not have to take either hand off the bat in order to toss the ball upwardly so that if he is practicing holding the bat correctly, he does not have to change his grip in a hurry during the batting procedure. The inclination 23 of groove 20 across the bottom of the cup actually tips the latter a little away from the handle of the bat. This eliminates the possibility of the ball being directed back towards the batter when it is flipped into the air. The ball during the flipping action usually leaves the cup when the bat is about level with the ground and therefore travels substantially straight up into the air.

FIGURE 2 illustrates the game apparatus 16" applied to a hand 27. Band 30 surrounds the hand and holds cup 11 in the palm thereof. This enables the person to catch a ball thrown to him in the cup and to throw .the ball again from the cup. This requires considerable skill, since the cup is relatively small, and the ball must be caught directly in it if the ball is to be retained. The person must catch the ball directly in the cup and draw the hand backwardly at the same time in order to prevent the ball from bouncing out of the cup. The ball may be caught and thrown in this manner even when the cup is applied to bat 25.

FIGURE 7 illustrates game apparatus 10a which is similar to apparatus 10'. A band 30a is detachably se- 10 described above.

What I claim as my invention is:

1. Ball game apparatus comprising in combination with a baseball bat, a shallow cup having a bottom and an annular wall, said wall having an annular rim, said bottom and wall being formed with a concave inner surface which radiates in a substantially continuous curve from a centre of said bottom to the annular rim of the cup, the depth of said cup being only sufiicient to receive without gripping a small portion of a ball of the size of a standard baseball, and gripping means secured to the cup at the bottom thereof for removably holding said cup on the bat for movement with the latter to enable a ball in the cup to be tossed by an upward motion of the bat into the air so that said ball may be struck by the bat;

2. Ball game apparatus as claimed in claim 1 in which the gripping means comprises an elastic band adapted to extend around and grip the bat.

3. Ball game apparatus comprising in combination with a baseball bat, a shallow cup for receiving without gripping a ball, said cup having a bottom and an annular wall projecting outwardly from said bottom, the bottom of the cup being formed with a large groove extending across the outer surface thereof adapted to fit around the bat, and gripping means secured to the cup at the bottom thereof for holding said cup on the bat with the latter in the groove for movement with the bat to enable a ball in the cup to be tossed by an upward motion of the bat into the air so that said ball may be struck by the bat.

4. Ball game apparatus as claimed in claim 3 in which the large groove is longitudinally inclined relative to the cup bottom.

5. Ball game apparatus as claimed in claim 3 including a passage extending transversely through the cup bottom, and a slot formed in the cup communicating with the passage and opening out from the cup, and wherein the gripping means comprises an endless elastic band extending through said passage, said band being inserted into and removed from the passage by movement through said slot.

6. Ball game apparatus comprising a shallow cup= having a bottom and an annular wall, said wall having an annular rim, said bottom and wall being formed with a concave inner surface which radiates in a substantially continuous curve from a centre of said bottom to the annular rim of the cup, the depth of said cup being only sufiicient to receive Without gripping a small portion of a ball of the size of a standard baseball, said bottom having an outer surface formed with a large groove extending thereacross and opening outwardly therefrom suitable for receiving a baseball bat with said bat fitting in and extending along the groove, and gripping means outside the cup and secured to the bottom thereof adapted removably to hold said cup on a baseball bat fitting in said bottom groove-for movement with the bat to catch a ball in the cup or to throw a ball from said cup.

7. Ball game apparatus as claimed in claim 6 in which the large groove is inclined relative to the cup bottom in a direction adapted to extend longitudinally of said baseball bat.

8. Ball game apparatus comprising a shallow cup having a bottom and an annular wall, said wall having an annular rim, said bottom and wall being formed with a concave inner surface which radiates in a substantially continuous curve from a centre of said bottom to the annular rim of the cup, the depth of said cup being only sufficient to receive without grippinga'small portion of a ball of the size of a standard baseball, a passage extending transversely through the cup bottom, a slot formed in the cup communicating with the passage and opening out from the cup, and an endless elastic band extending through said passage, said band being inserted into and removed from the passage by movement through said slot, and said band being adapted. removably to hold said cup on an article for movement with the latter to catch a ball in the cup or to throw a ball from said cup.

References Cited by the Examiner UNITED STATES PATENTS DELBERT B. LOWE, Primary Exalniner.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification473/457, D21/753, 473/458, 124/5
International ClassificationA63B59/02, A63B59/00
Cooperative ClassificationA63B2243/005, A63B2208/12, A63B59/02
European ClassificationA63B59/02