US 866057 A
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0.0.PAT01L BASE BALL GAME APPARATUS. APPLICATION FILED NOV.16.1906.
PATENTED SEPT. 17, 1907.
CLARENCE C. PATCH, OF CHICAGO, ILLINOIS.
Specification of Letters Patent.
Patented Sept. 17, 1907.
Application filed November 16,1906- Serial No. 343,729.
To all whom it may concern:
Be it known that CLARENCE C. PATCH, a citizen of the United States, residing at Chicago, in the county of Cook and State of Illinois, has invented certain new and useful Improvements in a Base-Ball-Game Apparatus, of which the following is a specification.
This invention relates to a game apparatus; and has for its object to provide a device of this character in imitating the game of base-ball for indoor amusement, as will be hereinafter set forth.
In the drawing, Figure 1 is a plan of a device embodying the improvement. Fig. 2 is a side elevation and part section. Fig. 3 is a face view of a number of cards used in playing the game; and Fig. 4 is a modiiication.
A may indicate a board on which is represented the diamond B of a base-ball field. In the center of the diamond is shown the plan of a ball 5 having rows of stitches 6 in the cover. Between the ball surface and the sides of the diamond is a ring or dial 7 divided into spaces 8. These spaces may consist of a number of loose cards laid around in the circle or the same may be an imprint. These cards or card spaces will have baseball terms and a base-ball printed or otherwise indicated thereon, as best shown in Fig. 3. A numeral will also be placed on each card or space as shown, running from' one up to any desired number. When playing the game these cards may be arranged in regular or irregular order with reference to their numerical value. The larger spaces 9 are located opposite to the position of the different bases and increase the chances of the pointer stopping within the limits of the base lines.
A pointer 10 is revolubly mounted on a spindle 11, the indicating end extending over the circle of cards or card spaces, as shown in Fig. 1.
12 may indicate the first base, 13 the second base, 14 the third base and 15 the home plate. The markers or flags 16 are movable and are for the purpose oi marking the position of the base runners when the game is being played.
The cards or card spaces will have such ball terms as one base hit, two base hit, home run, double play, stolen base, base on balls fan, etc., shown or printed thereon. These terms may be continued indefinitely until the base-ball vocabulary is exhausted, and in accordance with the number of cards or spaces.
In Fig. 4 is shown a hemispherical part of a base-ball 17 which together with the pointer 10 are mounted on spindle 11 to rotate simultaneously and present the appearance of a ball rolling and in that being a modification of the form shown in Fig. 1.
The cards or spaces may be of different colors, such as red, white and blue, base-ball being the national game. The face of the cards may show variegated colors and be so arranged as to increase the interest in the game. a In playing, the indicating pointer or arrow is given a whirl and when it stops may possibly point to a basehit or a base on balls, in which event a marker would be placed on first base. The next whirl may stop the pointer for a stolen base and if there is a marker on second base it is transferred to third base and the marker on first to second. Supposing the pointer to next indicate a double play, the markers on first and third are removed asthe play means two men out. Should the pointer next stop at fanned that would close the inning and the opponents would play next.
The score may be kept as in the ordinary game, or the numerals on each card may be added, or reserved in deciding a tie.
It is not necessary to set forth all the features or pos sible variations that can be played with this device, but it will be readily understood that innumerable changes may be played.
The design shown in Fig. 1, may be printed on paper and placed on any table or stand. If on cards the same can be placed in a circle and the pointer used, or the deck can be shuffled and the cards turned up one by one.
Having thus described my invention, what I claim is In a game apparatus, a playing board or surface having a base ball field indicated thereon inminature, a ring or dial Within the border of the diamond, a series of cards having base ball terms and a number indicated thereon and adapted to be placed in a circle around said ring, a rcvolubie pointer, and means for indicating the position of the runners on the bases.
In testimony whereof I have signed my name to this specification in the presence of two subscribing witnesses.
CLARENCE C. PATCH.
Witnesses L. B. COUPLAND, G. E. CHURCH.