US 3469840 A
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Sept. 30, 1969 J. J- KRUZEL 3,469,340
PITCHING AND BATTING DEVICE Filed Dec. 19, 1966 INVENTOR JOSEPH J. KRUZEL United States Patent 3,469,840 PITCHING AND BATTING DEVICE Joseph John Kruzel. United States Air Force, CRM 1, Box 3, APO San Francisco 96553 Filed Dec. 19, 1966, Ser. No. 602,606 Int. Cl. A63b 65/12, 67/10 US. Cl. 273-26 1 Claim ABSTRACT OF THE DISCLOSURE The present invention relates to a game apparatus which is played by two persons. One person pitches a tethered ball to the other person who swings at the pitched ball. My invention differs from the prior art as disclosed by Walden (US. Patent No. 2,680,022) and Albert (US. Patent No. 3,086,775) in that two persons play my invention at the same time. One person serves as a pltcher while the other person serves as a batter.
An object of this invention is to provide a game apparatus which will allow a pitch and hit game to be played in a smaller area than presently required in any SLlIlllaI' pitch and hit game.
Another object of this invention is to provide a p1tch and hit game where no ball retrieving is necessary.
Still another object of this invention is to provide a pitch and hit game which may be played indoors.
Yet another object of this invention is to provide a game apparatus wherein two persons may play at the same time, with one person serving as the pitcher and the other person serving as the batter.
A further object of this invention is to provide a game apparatus that is more responsive to the competitive sp1r1t desired or associated with sporting games than present batting practice devices.
A still further object of this invention is to provide a game apparatus which will utilize the desire of a person to win.
Other objects, features and advantages of the present invention will be readily apparent from the following detailed description taken in connection with the accompanying drawing in which:
FIGURE 1 is a perspective view of a preferred embodiment of my invention.
FIGURE 2 is a detail view of an eye screw and a portion of a connector.
FIGURE 3 is a detail view of a pulley and portions of a traverse line and a tether.
FIGURE 4 is a detail view of an S-hook and portions of two connectors.
FIGURE 5 is a detail view of a ball and a portion of a tether.
Before explaining the present invention in detail, it is to be understood that the invention is not limited in its application to the details of construction and arrangement of parts illustrated in the accompanying drawing, since the invention is capable of other embodiments and of being practiced or carried out in various ways. Also it is to be understood that the phraseology or terminology employed herein is for the purpose of description and not of limitation.
Referring now to the drawing wherein like reference numerals refer to like and corresponding parts throughout the several views, the preferred embodiment of the 3,469,840 Patented Sept. 30, 1969 invention disclosed in FIGURES 1 to 5 inclusive consists of two supports 1 and 2, two eye screws 3 and 4, two connectors 5 and 6, two S-hooks 7 and 8, a traverse line 9, a pulley 10, a tether 11 and a ball 12.
The supports 1 and 2 are placed upright at a predetermined distance apart. I found that the minimum practical distance should be about sixty-two feet apart. In lieu of the two supports, two trees, the side of a structure and a tree, the sides of two structures may be used provided they are of sufficient height.
Eye screw 3 is screwed into support '1 at a predetermined height. Eye screw 4 is screwed into support 2 at the same height as eye screw 3 or a greater height. The height may vary from 10 feet to 16 feet.
Connector 5 is tied on one end to eye screw 3 and on the other end to S-hook 7. Connector 6 is tied on one end to eye screw 4 and on the other end to S-hook -8. Connectors '5 and 6 should be about a half foot longer than tether 11. If it is desired to dispense with eye screws 3 and 4, connectors 5 and 6 are tied to supports 1 and 2, respectively, at the same height that eye screws 3 and 4 would have been screwed in. In which event, the length of connectors 5 and 6 must be increased to compensate for the extra portion which is utilized in tying the connectors to the supports.
One end of traverse line 9 is secured to S-hook 7 and the other end is secured to S-hook 8.. The length of traverse line 9 may vary depending on the space available. I have found the minimum practical distance to be around forty-six feet. Anything less may place the pitcher too close to the batter to assure reasonable safety from being hit by the batted ball. Traverse line 9 is suspended horizontally at a predetermined height above the ground, usually from 10 to 16 feet, to permit "ball 12 to be tossed or thrown in a trajectory below the traverse line so as to place the ball at a point that where it can be swung at or hit by another person positioned below the opposite end of the traverse line.
Traverse line 9 may be made out of any suitable material which will not stretch appreciably. After extensive experimentation I have found that five strand or six strand galvanized clothesline to be the most practical, but that solid wire or even a cord may be used.
Pulley 10 travels along the length of traverse line 9. A single pulley or a double pulley of approximately two inches may be used. Single pulley is shown in FIGURE 3. A double pulley is more durable than a single pulley and would permit freer movement of tether 11 and 'ball 12 when ball 12 is pitched or batted. The double pulley envisioned by the inventor includes a large grooved wheel and a small grooved wheel rotatably mounted between two arms of a bracket. The small grooved wheel is situated below the large grooved wheel and about one half inch above the juncture of the arms. Traverse line 9 passes between the large grooved wheel and the small grooved wheel. Tether 11 is tied to the double pulley at the juncture of the arms.
Tether 11 has one end tied to pulley 10 and the other end tied to ball 12. Ball 12 is secured to tether 11 by passing one end thereof through a hole in ball 12 and by tying a knot or two. Tether 11 is made of nylon cord of approximately a quarter inch diameter. I prefer nylon cord because of its flexibility and light weight, as opposed to wire or a chain encased in a rubber" hose. It permits the flight path of "ball 12 to most closely stimulate or approximate the natural flight path of :a ball when it is pitched or batted. Ball 12 may be either a baseball or a softball.
The length of tether 11 will depend on the height of traverse line 9 above the ground at the point over the batters position. It should be long enough to extend from the traverse line to a point above the ground around knee height, which would be around one and a half feet. If a longer tether is provided, it may be shortened to the desired length by cutting and re-tying it to the pulley or ball.
' To prevent tether 11 and ball 12 from entangling on or damaging supports 1 and 2, the distance that pulley 10, tether 11, and ball 12 travel when ball 12 is pitched or hit is controlled by S-hooks 7 and 8, which are situated at an appropriate distance from supports 1 and 2. An appropriate distance would be one which will not permit ball 12 to strike supports 1 and 2. Connectors and 6 are made about a half foot longer than tether 11 for this reason. In lieu of S-hooks, turnbuckles may be used. Turnbuckles are useful in taking up any slack which might occur when forces brought to bear on traverse line 9 cause it to stretch.
My invention is played by two persons in the following manner: (1) My invention is set up so that traverse line 9 is suspended horizontally about ten feet above the ground, pulley is on traverse line 9, and tether 11 is tied at one end to pulley 10 and at the other end to ball 12. (2) First player positions himself below S-hook '8 with ball 12. (3) Second player positions himself below S-hook 7 with a bat. (4) First player pitches ball 12 to second player. (5) Second player swings bat at pitched ball 12. If he hits ball 12, pulley 10 will travel along traverse line 9 until it is stopped by S-hook 8. First player will then retrieve the ball. If second player misses ball 12, pulley 10 will be stopped by S-hook 7. Second player will then retrieve the ball and throw it to first player. (6) First player then pitches ball 12 to second player and the game continues until the players change positions or quit playing. The object of the game is to see who can get the most strike outs, most hits, and most harder hits.
I have invented a game apparatus which differs from present day batting practice devices in that two persons play my invention at the same time. One person serves as a pitcher while the other person serves as a batter. My invention is more responsive than present batting practice devices to the competitive spirit desired or associated with sporting games in that it provides a batter versus pitcher efiort. My invention utilizes the desire of a person to win so that playing my invention will not be as tedious as playing with present day batting practice devices.
My invention may be played in a smaller area than presently required in any similar pitch and hit game because the distance that the ball may travel is limited. Thus my invention may be played indoors. The length of traverse line 9 may be lengthened or shortened from the suggested forty-six feet depending on the available playing space. In addition connectors 5 and 6 may be lengthened if the distance between supports is greater than provided for.
Although but a single embodiment of my invention has been disclosed and described herein, it is obvious that many changes may be made in the size, shape, arrangement, and detail of the various elements of the invention without departing from the scope of the novel concepts of the present invention.
I claim as my invention:
1. A game apparatus for two persons comprising a traverse line, a pulley, a tether, a ball, two S-hooks, and means for connecting the apparatus to supports, the pulley being on the traverse line and traveling along the length of the traverse line, one end of the tether being connected to the pulley and the other end being secured to the ball, the two S-hooks being connected to the ends of the traverse line, and the means for connecting the apparatus to supports being secured to the two S-hooks and being connected to supports so that the traverse line is suspended horizontally.
References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 2,680,022 6/1954 Walden 27326 2,929,632 3/1960 Moifatt 27329 X 2,942,883 6/1960 Moore 27326 3,086,775 4/1963 Albert 273-26 FOREIGN PATENTS 408,160 4/1934 Great Britain.
RICHARD C. PINKHAM, Primary Examiner T. BROWN, Assistant Examiner