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Publication numberUS968366 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateAug 23, 1910
Filing dateJan 3, 1910
Priority dateJan 3, 1910
Publication numberUS 968366 A, US 968366A, US-A-968366, US968366 A, US968366A
InventorsAlbert J Krug
Original AssigneeAlbert J Krug
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Game apparatus.
US 968366 A
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Specification of Letters Patent.

Patented Aug. 23, 1910.

Application filed January 3, 1910. Serial No. 536007.

T 0 all whom it may concern:

Be it known that I, ALBERT J. KRUG, a citizen of the United States, and a resident of San Francisco, in the county of San Francisco and State of California, have invented a certain new and useful Game Apparatus, of which the following is a full, clear, and exact description.

This invention relates to game apparatus, and has reference more particularly to apparatus of this class comprising a board having subdivisions, and a barrier presenting an opening through which a projectile can be directed to one or the other of the divisions of the board.

The object of the invention is to provide a simple and inexpensive game apparatus, by means of which an entertaining and amusing game can be played by one or more persons, which involves the principles of the game of baseball, and can be ornamented in different ways, and with which different sets of rules can be employed.

The invention consists in the novel construction and combination of parts, to be more fully described hereinafter and particularly set forth in the claims.

Reference is to be had to the accompanying drawings forming a part of this specification, in which similar characters of reference indicate corresponding parts in both views.

Figure 1 is a perspective view of an embodiment of my invention, showing the same in use; and Fig. 2 is a transverse section of the game apparatus on the line 22 of Fig. 1.

Before proceeding to a more detailed eX- planation of my invention, it should be clearly understood that while the apparatus and the game played therewith preferably involve the principle and theory of the game of baseball, commonly socalled, the apparatus can be used irrespective of the game of baseball, for purposes of amusement and entertainment.

Any suitable projectile can be used with the apparatus, though it consists preferably ofa spherical body, adapted to roll freely upon the game board. Markers or counters of different kinds can be employed as necessary, and these may have stamped or otherwise indicated thereon designations for the different players.

Certain of the details of construction form no part of the invention and can be varied in accordance with individual preference or special conditions, Without departing from the underlying spirit of the invention.

Referring more particularly to the drawings, I employ a board 10, fashioned from wood, cardboard, sheet metal, or the like, and preferably having a rim 11, extending upwardly around the edges of the board. WVhile I have shown the board as of rectangular form, this can be changed if so desired. The board has the upper surface 12, roughened in any convenient manner, so that the projectile 13, while able to roll upon the board, tends to stop sooner than if the surface of the board were quite smooth, and also tends to remain at the point at which it has come to rest.

At one corner the rim 11 is cut away, and at this corner the board has a depression 14. An inclined chute 15, having an upright or support 16, is used with the board, and has the lower end arranged at the depression 14, as is shown most clearly in Fig. 1. The projectile is allowed to travel down the chute 15 and 011 to the board. In this way the projectile is caused to advance across the board for the purposes of the game, as will.appear hereinafter. If so desired, any other means for advancing the projectile can be used with the a 'iparatus.

At the corner of the board at which the rim is cut away, is marked a subdivision A, thereupon, which preferably has the surface smooth, as distinguished from the roughened surface of the remainder of the board. A wall or barrier consisting of two angularly disposed parts B, extends inwardly from the rim across the subdivision A. The parts B of the barrier are preferably at right angles with respect to each other, and are separated. Deflecting wings C are arranged at the inner ends of the barrier parts B, and between the same, forming openings in the barrier, through which the projectile 13 can pass, and serving to direct it to different parts of the board. The wings C are arranged at angles with respect to each other and diverge outwardly from the corner adjacent to which the barrier is located.

As is shown in Fig. 1, the board has other subdivisions D, E, F, G and H, indicated thereon by suitable lines of damarcation. The subdivisions are of difierent sizes and are preferably arranged as shown.

Numerals I indicating values, or words J indicating penalties, are painted, stamped or otherwise indicated upon the various subdivisions of the board. These numerals and words may be arbitrarily chosen, or, as is shown for example herein, may consist of expressions used with the game of baseball.

The subdivision D of the board preferably has the word Out indicated thereon. This word likewise appears upon the subdivision A, at the side of the barrier adjacent to the subdivision D. At the other side of the barrier appears the word Strike. The subdivisions E, F, G and H have respectively the numerals 1, 2, 3 and at thereon.

Suitable counters 17, consisting, for instance, of disks having figures or letters indicated thereon are used in connection with the game. This may be played for example as follows:

The players in turn take the projectile l3 and permit it to roll down the inclined chute 15, and thereby attempt to direct it through an opening in the barrier. If the projectile fails to pass through the barrier, and remains at the side thereof, adjacent. to the chute. this counts one strike against the operator. Three of these strikes, in accordance with the rules of baseball, constitute an out. If the projectile passes through the openings of the barrier, but remains within the confines of the subdivisions A or D, this also counts one out against the operator. The number of outs necessary to eliminate a player temporarily may be arbitrarily chosen.

The subdivisions having the numerical values indicate respectively 1, 2 and 3 base hits, and home runs. Thus, if the projectile stops at one of the divisions E it counts a base hit for the player; if in the division 2, a two base hit, etc.

The counters can be used to indicate the runners; for example, it a player has a runner at third base, as a result of a three base hit and thereupon makes a one base hit, the runner is brought home, and one run is counted for him.

The divisions may be assigned other arbitrarily chosen values, or values depending upon the rules of other games. If so desired, penalties or rewards can also be assigned to certain of the subdivisions.

Having thus described my invention, I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent:

1. A game apparatus, comprising a board having a barrier presenting a gap, wings mounted in said gap, to form divergent openings, and means for advancing a projectile from one side of said barrier to the other side thereof, through one of said openings.

2. A game apparatus comprising a board having a rim, said board including a plurality of subdivisions having difierent values, a barrier extending partly across said board and having a plurality of divergent wings forming openings, and means for directing a projectile toward said barrier to permit it to travel through one of said openings, said board at opposite sides or said barrier having indicated thereon ex pressions indicating penalties.

3. A game apparatus, comprising a board having a rim, said rim being cut away at one corner of said board, a wall extending across the aboveanentioned corner and consisting of two angularly disposed, spaced parts, deflecting wings between the spaced ends of said parts, and means for directing a projectile between said wings.

at. A game apparatus, comprising a board of angular form having a rim encompassing the same, said rim being cut away at one corner of said board, a barrier arranged near the above-mentioned corner of said board and consisting of spaced parts angularly disposed with respect to each .other, and each extending from said rim inwardly of said board, deflecting wings positioned between the spaced inner ends of said parts of said barrier, and means for directing a projectile between said wings, said board, at opposite sides of said barrier, having indicated thereon expressions representing values.

In testimony whereof I have signed my name to this specification in the presence of two subscribing witnesses.


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Cooperative ClassificationA63F7/0608