US 3466039 A
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Sept 9, 1969 D. GoLoMB BASEBALL BASE WITH GROUND-FASTENING ROD 2 `shem-sheet 1 Filed May 18, 1967 INVENTOR. DAVID L. GOLONIB ATTORNEY Sept. 9, 1969 D. L. GOLOMB BASEBALL BASE WITH GROUND-FASTENING ROD Filed May 18, 1957 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 INVENTUR. DAVID L. GOLOMB www w@ v ATTORNEY United States Patent O 3,466,039 BASEBALL BASE WITH GROUND-FASTENING ROD David L. Golomb, Port Washington, N.Y., assignor to Everlast Worlds Boxing Headquarters Corporation, Bronx, N.Y., a corporation of New York Filed May 18, 1967, Ser. No. 639,558 Int. Cl. A63b 71/00 U.S. Cl. 273--25 6 Claims ABSTRACT OF THE DISCLOSURE A baseball base, adapted to be screwed into the ground by means of a screw-type rod projecting vertically down Summary of the invention 'Ihe present invention relates to a system for fixing location of bases for baseball games and similar games in a eld and it involves the use of readily detachable con nections which can be inserted and removed from the ground to permit the bases to be placed in proper position and readily removed when the game is over.
It is among the objects of the present invention to provide a simple, readily manipulated system for attaching the bases to the ground in which the bases may be readily mounted in a desired position with a minimum of time and after the game is over readily removed without defacement of the playing field.
Another object is to provide a readily mounted base for baseball and similar games in which the base may be readily set in xed position by the grounds keeper or players without difficulty with assurance that it will maintain its position throughout play and thereafter be readily removed when the play is over.
Still further objects and advantages will appear in the more detailed description set forth below, it being understood, however, that this more detailed description is given by way of illustration an-d explanation only and not by way of limitation, since various changes therein may be made by those skilled in the art without departing from the scope and spirit of the present invention.
In accomplishing the above objects it has been found most satisfactory to form a base of a tough outside fabric which encloses a stuing material and a baseboard, giving it a `square or other desired shape.
In the preferred `form there is a frame which is enclosed inside the base which carries the insertion member. This base may consist of one or more plates which may be crossed which will carry a downwardly projecting spiral which may be screwed or threaded into the ground.
In another structure the spiral may be replaced by a small at drill with radial up or inturned lips.
In still another construction a hollow spike may be placed in the ground which will cooperate and receive a depending filler member mounted upon the bottom of the base.
Brief description of the drawing With the foregoing and other objects in view, the invention consists of the novel construction, combination and arrangement of parts as hereinafter more specifically described, and illustrated in the accompanying drawings, wherein is shown an embodiment of the invention, but it isy to be understood that changes, variations and modifica- ICC tions can be resorted to which fall within the scope of the claims hereunto appended.
In the drawings wherein like reference characters denote corresponding parts throughout the several views:
FIG. 1 is a bottom perspective view of one form of the invention.
FIG. 2 is a transverse vertical sectional view upon the line 2 2 of FIG. l, upon an enlarged scale as compared to FIG. l.
FIG. 3 is a top perspective View of an alternative form showing a drill member with the base being shown in dot and dash lines.
FIG. 4 is a transverse sectional view upon the line 4-4 of FIG. 3 upon an enlarged scale as compared to FIG. 3.
FIG. 5 is a bottom perspective view showing an alternative form of base construction together with a cooperating spike which is to be inserted in the ground.
FIG. 6 is a transverse vertical sectional view upon the line 6-6 of FIG. 5 upon an enlarged scale as compared to FIG. 5.
Description of preferred embodiments Referring to FIG. 1 there is shown a base A which consists of a tough outside woven fabric B of nylon which completely encloses the base and which may be provided with stitening iinishes so as to lessen scuiing, wear and abrasion.
The base is tightly fille-d with stufng material C of suitable rigidity and has a baseboard D. Below the baseboard D and above the lower liner E is the metal frame F which carries the screw attachment G for insertion into the ground H.
The wire G has a bottom point] to enable it to cut into the earth H to the suitable depth until the lower face E is in contact with the earth or playing field.`
The cruciform support F may be replaced by other internal supports and the screw G may be soldered or welded to said cruciform support at the junction point K. The point I may be readily inserted into the ground and then the base A may be twisted until the entire thread G is received.
Upon removal, the turning of the base may be reversed and it may be unscrewed from the earth H.
In the embodiment of FIGS. 3 and 4 there is provided a drill L held on the post M which is mounted on the single internal supporting plate N. The drill L has the upturned lips 20 and 21 and the downturned lips 22 and 23 which will act to drill the post M into the ground until the base E is down against the earth H.
The drill L may be readily inserted and reinforced as is indicated with the spiral G.
In the embodiment of FIGS. 5 and 6 the base A has an internal metal support structure P which carries the downwardly projecting square tubular projection Q.
The spikes R have the upper receptacle portions S and the lower oblique entry portions T which may be hammered into the ground until the upper end U is flush with the surface of the ground. In this case, the spikes R may be left in the ground and the bases inserted or removed by reason of their projections Q, as desired.
It is thus apparent that the applicant has provided a novel baseball support structure which can be Widely used on playing fields where bases are employed, particularly in baseball.
While there has been herein described a preferred form of the invention, it should be understood that the same may be altered in detail and in relative arrangement of parts within the scope of the appended claims.
The structure of the present invention may also be used for resiliently supporting various other types of bases, such as those for carrying tackling dummies, punching bags and the like. The structure may also be used for sideline and goal-line markers -for the football lield.
The metal plate F may be postiioned directly below the material C inside of and adjacent to the cover D, as shown. The screw element G in FIG. 2 may be made either integral or detachable to enable ready storing, merchandising and shipping. The same is also true in FIGS. 3 to 6. Por example, a rubber socket could be used for the element K at the upper end of the screw G in FIG. 2, which socket would take the form of a rubber element extending vertically through the base A of FIGS. 2, 4 and 6.
The main lilling material C at the top of the base A may be of compacted excelsior or felt material or even foam or padding which may be adhered together by means of light coatings of resins, glues or adhesives. The cover B is desirably of vinyl chloride polymer coated woven canvas or woven cotton, nylon or rayon. The metal elements are desirably steel.
Interiorly of the base A there may be used a very compact -foam of polyvinyl chloride, polyurethane or styrene.
Having now particularly described and ascertained the nature of the invention, and in what manner the same is to be performed:
What is claimed is:
1. A xed location base for baseball games comprising a rectangular base with a fabric completely enclosing cover having top, bottom and side covering portions, an upper internal stulling directly under the top covering portion and extending from side to side between the side covering portions and spaced from the bottom covering portion, a stilT board member extending from side to side of the base within the fabric cover and positioned directly below the internal stuing and directly above the bottom covering portion, a stiff member of at metallic material extending from side to side of the base between the side covering portions and directly under and contracting the board member and also held in position by the bottom covering portion, a downwardly projecting rod member mounted on the center of the stiff member and inside the bottom covering portion and on the central vertical axis of the base, said rod member extending downwardly a substantial distance below the bottom covering portion and at its lower end portion being formed into a screw member which may be inserted in the ground substantially below the bottom of the base and below Said bottom covering portion.
2. The base of claim 1, said stiff member taking the form of two transverse elements of cruciform shape.
3. The base of claim 1, said screw member consisting of a plate drill having uptumed cutting edges at the 10W- er end of the downwardly projecting rod member.
4. The base of claim 1, said fabric covering consisting of a heavy nylon.
5. The base of claim 1, said rod being spirally twisted at ies lower end.
`6. The base of claim 1, said base being capable of being screwed into and out of the ground of the playing field until the lower covering portion is in contact with at its lower end.
References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 9/ 1927 Clausing 273-211 1/ 1953 Corbett 2.73-25