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Mach 1, 11938.
2,109,551
J. R. SACHER
FORGE MEASURING AMUSEMENT DEVICE
Filed Jan. 26, 1957
2 Sheets-Sheet 1
77a]
£797
INVENTOR.
JOHN Q54 0455
March 1, 1938.
J_ R_ SACHER
FORCE MEASURING AMUSEMENT DEVICE
Filed Jan. 26, 1957
2,109,551
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2 Sheets-Sheet 2
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ATTORNEY.
Patented Mar. 1, 1938
2,109,5512.‘
UNITED STATES
‘PATENT
2,109,551}
FORCE MEASURING AMUSEMENT DEVICE" I
John R. Sacher, Philadelphia,‘ Pa., assignor to 111-‘
ternational Mutoscope Reel 00. Inc., New York,
N. Y., a corporation of New York
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Application January 26, 1937,'Serial No. 122,376 I '7 13 Claims.
This invention has to do with amusement de
vices, and is concerned primarily with that type
of machine which tests the human skill and
power of a person in kicking a football, and
5 - registers the result of such test on suitable regis
tering mechanism.
At the present time there are available to the
public certain machines of this general charac
ter, by which certainphases of a person’s phys
. ical skill and power may be tested and registered.
For instance, there are those machines in which
a person swings a hammer and'hits a pad which
is associated with suitable registering mecha
nism. There are also those machines in which
a person punches a bag with a?st, and the force
of the impact is suitably registered.
The present invention is along these general
lines, but is concerned primarily with the kick
ing of a football by the person availing of the
machine. The American public is, to-day, foot
ball minded, or football conscious, and this in
vention is made in appreciation of this trend,
and with the belief that'many persons are desir
ous of testing their skill and ability in the kicking
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of a football.
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With the foregoing conditions in mind, this
invention has in view as its foremost objective
the provision of an amusement device-of the
character above noted, in which a football is
30 suitably positioned for kicking by a person, and
with which is associated suitable apparatus for
registering the force of impact of the person’s
foot with the ball.
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In carrying out this broad ‘objective, certain
35 conditions arise which must be adequately taken
care of in order to provide -a commercially prac
tical and safe machine.
As is well known to those versed in the game
of football, the type of kick most frequently used
40 during the playing of a game is called the punt,
and this kick is characterized by the fact that
the kicker’s foot contacts the ball at“ a point
ranging anywheres from one to two and one-half
feet o? the ground.
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Accordingly this invention has in view, as a
somewhat moredetailed objective, the provision
of a machine of the character described, in which
the football when positioned for'kicking‘ is dis
posed an appropriate distance above the surface
on which the kicker ‘is standing, to simulate the
position of the ball when it is being punted. ,
In order for an amusement device of this char
acter to meet with public approval, it is essential
that the ball which is kicked actually be a foot
55 ball. Such a football is of a pointed oval forma
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tion, and there is an ever-present tendency for
the foot of the kicker to slip off of either. side
of the ball, in the event the foot does not squarely
meet the ball. Accordingly it is important from
the safety angle that the ball be so positioned
by the apparatus of the machine that there is
nothing against which the kicker’s‘foot might hit,
in the event it slides, off either side of the ball.
In this manner likely injury to the kicker is
avoided.
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In the kicking of a football» underactual' play
ingconditions, the kicker’s foot remains in con
tact with the hall during-,the pathv of. travel
somewhere in the neighborhood of .18 to vZéLinches,
and duringthis period theforce of the kick is
transferred from the kicker’s foot to the ball.
Therefore, to the'end of closely simulating actual.
kicking conditions in the playing of football,v and
also to the end of. eliminating possible injury to '
the kicker, the present ‘invention has in mind
the provision of. an amusement device of. this
character in which the ball is held. in- appro?
priate positionfor kicking, and is'free to move
underthe in?uence of the kicker’s foot with little
or no resistance for an amountfof travel corr'e- .
sponding to that time duringwhich a ball will
actually be. in. contact with the kicker’s foot,‘
when kicked under actual playingconditions _
The present invention has. in view,' as mur
ther objective, the provision of suitable mecha
nism for resisting movement-of. the kickedball
after the same has left the kicker’s’ioot'fand
registering the'force necessary to: resist the move-.
ment. of the ball and bring thesanie to._a stop.
In' carrying this detail out in a practical. em-v
bodiment this invention proposes availing of a
shaft which is transversely mounted in the sup
porting framework of the machine, and which
shaft hasvextending therefrom, an arm ‘which
carries the football and disposes the ‘same in
proper position for being kicked by onetusing
the machine. The shaft is freely rotatable for
a predeterminedangular distance, after which
certain friction'devices are brought into opera
tion to resist further rotation of the shaft'and'
ultimately bring this rotation to a~stop.~ ‘
Various other more detailed. and yet important
objectsv of the invention. are associated with the.
provision of suitable mechanism for carrying, out
these phases of the operationof the machine.
Another important object of the invention is»
to associate with these friction devices suitable
locking instrumentalities for holding the‘. foot
ball in a- position inaccessible to the. kicker.
These lockinginstrumentalities are controlled
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tions used to secure the football to its supporting
by a suitable coin operated device, so that upon
insertion of a coin the locking instrumentalities
may be unlocked, whereby the football will be
spider,
Figure 'I is an enlarged detailed view of part of
the friction and locking instrumentalities, and
Figure 8 is a View taken at right angles to the
showing of Figure 7, and is a section taken about
on the plane represented by the line 8-8 of Fig
brought into the proper position in which it is
kicked.
Still another important object of the present
invention is the provision of an amusement
vice of the character above noted, including
shaft from which extends the arm carrying
10 football, and with which shaft is associated
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the
the
ap
ure 7.
Referring now to the drawings, wherein like ref
erence characters denote corresponding parts, in
Figure 1 the amusement device of this invention
propriate registering apparatus for registering
is shown as comprising a pair of side structures
the amount of rotation of said shaft; in this
way indicating the force of the kick.
More in detail this invention has in view the
15 inclusion of an audible signal, such as the ring
ing of a bell, for indicating when a desired maxi
mum in the force of a kick has been obtained.
Yet another object of the present invention is
the provision of spring means for causing move
20 ment of the football into accessible kicking posi
tion when the locking instrumentalities have been
released. This means is preferably associated
with the shaft from which extends the arm carry
ing the football.
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referred to generally by the reference characters
l0 and II. Eachof the side structures it) and H
have inclined edges designated l2 and I3 respec
tively, and which terminate at the upper end in
short ?at edges 14 and I5. Connecting the lower
portion of the side structures In and I! together
is a lower panel 16, which is formed with a slot I‘!
that is ?ared at the edge of the panel, as indi 20
cated at I8.
end structure designated 2|. A cross bar 22 is 25
shown as extending between the top‘ edges M and
i5 and over the upper edge of the end struc
ture 2|.
The invention, therefore, comprises a coin con
trolled amusement device in which a football is
normally held in an-inaccessible position within
the insertion of a coin to release the football,
and bring the same into a position in which it
may be kicked.
The football is carried by an arm extending
from a shaft, and associated with this shaft are
suitable locking instrumentalities, the operation
of which is tied up with that of the coin con
trolled mechanism. Frictional devices for oppos
ing rotation of the shaft for certain angular dis
45 tances are also provided, while rotation of the
shaft for a certain predetermined angular dis
tance without opposition is also provided. The
force of opposition to rotation of the shaft is ren
dered adjustable, and suitable instrumentalities
are also associated with the shaft for registering
the distance it has been rotated against the force
of the frictional distance, and thereby register
the force of the connection. .
For a full and more complete understanding of
55 the invention, reference may be had to the f ollow
ing description and accompanying drawings,
wherein
Figure 1 is a perspective view of an amusement
device made in accordance with the precepts of
60 this invention,
Figure 2 is a view taken from the side, with the
main body structure of the machine shown in
section, and bringing out the arrangement of the
friction devices and locking instrumentalities as
sociated therewith,
Figure 3 is a view similar to Figure 2, taken from
the opposite side, bringing ‘out the operation of
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Figure 4 is an enlarged detailed showing taken
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Figure 5 is another detailed view of a part of
the driving connections to the indicating dial,
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strumentalities are positioned in a manner to be
the machine, but which machine‘ includes coin
controlled mechanism which may be operated by
at right-angles to the showing of Figure 3,
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The side structure I l comprises a pair of spaced
walls represented at 23 and 24 in Figure 1, and it
is between the walls 23 and 24 that the coin con—
trol mechanism, friction devices and locking in~
30' invention proceeds.
the registering mechanism,
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larged opening l9. Each of the side walls 19 and
H have upright edges 20 to which is secured an
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Other more detailed objects and advantages
which arise in connection with the carrying out
of the above noted thoughts in a practical embodi
ment will in part become apparent, and in part
be hereinafter stated, as the description of the
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At the lower end the slot terminates in an en
Figure 6 is an enlarged detailed showing in sec
tion, bringing out one of the anchoring connec~
hereinafter described.
A shaft designated 25 extends between the side 35
structures Hi and l l, and has appropriate bearing
in these side structures. Extending radially out
wardly from the shaft 25, and intermediate the
ends thereof is an arm 26 which may be of a re
silient or springy construction.
This arm 26 is 40
drivably carried by the shaft 25, and its outer end
terminates in a spider construction referred to
generally as 21. The spider construction 21 in
cludes an end portion 28 of the arm 26, and a cross
arm 29.
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A football 30 of the usual pneumatic inflated
type is shown as carried by the spider 21. Figure
6 develops in detail a connection which may be
employed between the extremities of each of the
arms 28 and 29 and the football 30. This con~
nection comprises a cushion of soft rubber 3|
which is interposed between the outer surface of
the football 30 and the arm designated 29.
A pin 32 extends through aligned openings in
the arm 29, pad 3| and casing of the football 30‘. 55
This pin has an enlarged head, as represented at
33, which engages the arm 29, and at the other
end a similarly enlarged head 34 engages a brass
eyelet 35. It is evident that this connection per
mits of a certain amount of compressive action
between the arm 29 and football 30.
The arm 26 is adapted to be swung downwardly
into the slot 11, as shown in Figures 1 and 2,
with the surface of the football engaging the
edge of the opening l9. However, after being 65
kicked, this football, as it is carried by the arm
26, is adapted to be swung down into an inacces
sible position between the wall structures l0
and II.
Referring now more particularly to Figures '7
and 8 that portion of the shaft which is disposed
between the walls 23 and 24 of the side structure
H is shown as carrying a pair of disks 36 and 31,
which are spaced apart, and which are keyed
to the shaft 25, as represented at 38. The pe 75
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ripheral edge of the disk 36 is shown as provided
with ratchet teeth designated 39. The disks 36
and 3'! are spaced apart, and interposed there
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between is a metallic plate 48 which is freely ro
tatable with respect to the shaft 25. The sur
faces of the plate 45, which are adjacent to the
disks 36 and 3'1, are provided with ?brous linings
4!, which are made from a suitable friction ma
terial comparable to a clutch facing, the purpose
of this lining being to provide an appropriate
amount of frictional resistance between the disks
36 and 37 and plate 40. The peripheral edge of
the circular plate 48 is provided with a series of
ratchet teeth indicated at 42.
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The disk 3'! is held against longitudinal move
ment on the shaft 25, as indicated at 43, while
the disk 36 is slidable along the shaft. A plu
rality of springs 44 are shown as engaging the
disk 56 at their inner extremities to urge this
disk against the frictional surface 4|. The outer
extremities of the springs 44 bear against the
‘retaining plate 45, which is anchored to the shaft
25, as indicated by the nut 45. It is evident that
the nut 46 may be tightened to adjust the ten
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sion applied by the springs 44.
The disk 35 carries on its outer ?at surface
a cam element 47, for a purpose to be hereinafter
described. A pivot pin designated 9 is carried
by the wall 23, and pivotally mounted on this
30 pivot pin is a bell crank 48, the lower arm 49
- of which is formed as a pawl having a tooth 58
designed for cooperation with the ratchet teeth
39 on the disk 38. Also pivotally carried by the
pivot pin 9 is a second pawl 5!, having a tooth
35 at 52 which cooperates with the ratchet teeth
42 on the circular plate 40. This pawl 5| is pro
vided with an offset portion 53 carrying a roller
54 which is designed to cooperate with the cam‘
47 in a manner to be hereinafter described.
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Pivotally connected to the upper arm of the
bell crank 48, as represented at 55, is a link 56
which is in turn pivotally connected at 51 to a
lever arm 58 carried by a stub shaft 59 that is
mounted on the wall 23. Another link 68 is
45 pivotally connected as shown at 6| to the other
extremity of the lever arm 58, and its opposite
end is formed with a slot 62 which receives a
pin 53 that extends inwardly from the wall 23.
A spring shown at 54 is anchored at one end
to the link 58 and at its other end to the wall
This spring 54 normally serves to urge the
link 58 in a direction towards the right, speaking
with reference to the showing of Figure 2. This
movement will, of course, be limited by the pin
55 and slot construction 62 and 63.
Extending radially outwardly from the stub
shaft 59 is an arm 55 which is connected by a
rod 55 with a coin controlled device represented
in its entirety at 8?. It is evident that upon the
60 rod 55 being urged downwardly, as by operation
0 the coin device 5?, the arm 55 will be urged
in a direction causing rotation of the shaft 59
in a direction against the force of the spring
84. This movement will exert a pull on'the
65 link 56, and cause rotation of the bell crank 48
to disengage the tooth 58 from the ratchet
teeth 39.
At this point it is well to note that the con
struction of the coin control device 6‘! is not
70 here described in detail. These devices are pur
chasable as such on the market, and include a
slot 58 which is adapted to have a coin inserted
therein to permit rotation of a handle 59. Upon
turning the handle 69 the necessary force’ will
75 be imparted to the rod 66, and the ‘coin will
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pass down into a locked receptacle represented
at 18. The coins in the receptacle 10 may be
removed at desired intervals.
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The side structure 10 also comprises a pair
of spaced walls designated ‘H and 12 ; the con
struction being similar to the structure of the
side walls 23 and 24.
Referringnow more particularly to Figures 3, 4
and 5, the mechanism between thev side walls I
‘H and 12 will be described. A pair of brackets
'13 are carried bythe wall 72, and these brackets
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'13 constitute a bearingfor a shaft 14. At one
end the shaft 74 is formed with a bevel gear 15
Which meshes with a complemental bevelgear
i6 drivably carried by the shaft 25. At the 15
opposite end the shaft 14 is formed With ‘a
pinion 11 that is in mesh with a rack designated
78. This rack 78 slides in brackets 19 carried 2
by one wall of the end structure 2|.
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At ‘the-upper extremity the rack 18 engages
a gear '88 which is carried by the shaft of an
indicating dial represented at 8|. Associated
with the dial 8| is a disk 82 which is held in
a visible position, and'which is provided with
suitable indicia. In the showing of Figure 3, the 25
inner wall of the end'structure 2| has been
omitted; this to more clearly bring out the ar
rangement of the various mechanisms. '
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A spirally coiled spring designated 83 is wound
about the shaft 25 between the walls ‘H and 12,
and one end of this spring is anchored to the
bottom of the end structure l8, which is desig
nated 84, the anchorage being indicated'at 85. '
This spring 83 normally serves to cause ‘rota
tion of the shaft tending to move the arm 26
into the position shown in Figure 2. -
A bell, shown at 86, is carried by the wall 12,
and associated'therewith is a hammer designated
8i, which is operated by a lever arm 88; A cable '
89 is connected at one end to the lever arm 88,
and at its opposite end to the shaft 14'. After
the shaft 74 has been rotated-a required dis
tance to wind the cable 89 sufficiently thereabout,
the lever 88 is pulled to trip'the" gong 81 and
ring the bell 85. The operationof the above 45
described mechanism may be brie?y outlined by
noting that with the football 38 and arm 26 in
an inaccessible retracted position between the
wall structure l8 and II it will 'be maintained
in such position by engagement of the tooth 5-0 of 50
the pawl 49 with the ratchet teeth 39. Upon an
appropriate coin being inserted in the slot 68,
and the handle 59 rotated, a downward push
will be exerted on the rod 68 to correspondingly
urge the arm 55 downwardly and rotate the stub 55
shaft 59 in a counter-clockwise direction. This
‘movement imparts a pull on the link 56 which
is transmitted to the bell crank_48, whereupon
the tooth 58 is moved out of engagement with the
ratchet teeth 39.
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The spring 83, will now be effective to rotate
the. shaft 25 in a ‘counter-clockwise direction,
and swingthe arm 26 out into the slot ll until
its downward movement is limited by engage
ment of the football 39 with the end of the 65
opening 59. This outward swinging of the arm
26 has been caused by rotation of the shaft 25,
and this rotation brings the cam 41 beneath the
roller 54 so that the pawl 5| is held in a spaced
position with the pawl tooth 52 above the ratchet
teeth 42 of the circular plate 49.
After the handle 69 has been released the coin
will fall down into the locked receptacle desig
nated at 78, and the spring 64 actuates the vari
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ous linkage to return the rod 66 to its upper
position.
The person now kicks the football 30, and the
latter travels in the are represented by the dotted
line of Figure l. The ?rst portion of such move
ment is substantially unopposed due to the fact
that the disks 36 and 37, and the circular plate
40 will rotate as a unit, because the cam 41 main
tains the pawl tooth 52 out of engagement with
the ratchet teeth 42. However, when the foot
ball reaches the dotted line position shown in
Figure l the roller 54 will have ridden down off
the cam 41, whereby the pawl tooth 52 falls down
and engages the ratchet teeth 42.
The circular plate 40 is now held against rota- ’
tion, and further movement of the football is
opposed by the frictional resistance caused by the
pressure of the disk 56 against the friction linings
4! . After the force of the kick has been ex
20 pended the football will be in an inaccessible posi
tion between the sides l0 and I I, and maintained
in such position due to the engagement of the
tooth 5!] of the pawl 31 with the ratchet teeth 39.
The rotation of the shaft 25 in a counter
25 clockwise direction, as the football is moved out
wardly into accessible position, will cause the in
dicating dial 8| to move into position correspond
ing with zero of the indicia on the disk 80. When
the football is moved downwardly by the force
30 of the kick, rotation of the shaft 25 is transmitted
to the bevel gear 15 and ‘I6 with the shaft 14,
and thence to the rack 18 to cause turning of the
dial 8|, and by the cooperation of this dial with
the indicia on the disk 82 the force of the kick will
be registered.
If the kick has been sufficiently strong to cause
the necessary amount of rotation on the shaft 14,
the latter will have wound the cable 89 a sufficient
amount to cause a tripping of the gong 81, and a
sounding of the audible signal. However, in the
event this maximum is not reached, the audible
signal will not sound.
It is important to note that there is absolutely
no structure above the football which at any time
45 might interfere or engage with the kicker’s foot or
‘leg if the same slips off the football. This is
highly important from the safety side of an
amusement device of this character. Moreover,
the fact that the path of movement of the foot
ball is substantially unopposed during the initial
part of its travel is likewise important in prevent
ing injury from initial impact of the foot with the
ball.
While a preferred speci?c embodiment of the
55 invention is hereinbefore set forth, it is to be
clearly understood that I am not to be limited to
the exact construction illustrated and described,
because various modi?cations of these details may
be provided in putting the invention into practice
within the purview of the appended claims.
I claim:
1. An amusement device of the character de
scribed comprising a shaft, an arm extending from
said shaft, a football carried by said arm, and
means associated with said shaft for resisting ro
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tation thereof, said means including mechanism
for rendering the same inoperable for a certain
angular distance of rotation of the shaft.
2. In an amusement device of the character de-g
scribed, a supporting structure, a shaft journaled
70 in said supporting structure, an arm extending
from the shaft, a football carried by said arm and
adapted to be placed in a position in which it may
be kicked, and frictional devices for resisting
75 rotation of said shaft, said frictional devices in
cluding mechanism for rendering the same in
operable for a predetermined angular distance of
the shaft.
3. An amusement device of the character de
scribed comprising a supporting structure, a shaft U!
journaled in said supporting structure, an arm
extending radially outwardly from said shaft, a
football carried by the extremity of said arm,
there being a yieldable connection between said
football and said arm, and frictional means for 10
resisting a certain predetermined part of rotation
of said shaft which may be caused incident to
kicking of the football, said rotation of the shaft
being initially unopposed.
4. An amusement device of the character de 15
scribed comprising a supporting structure, a shaft
journaled in said supporting structure, an arm
extending radially outwardly from said shaft, a
spider construction at the extremity of said arm,
said spider construction comprising crossed arms, 20
and a football attached to the arms of said spider
construction, there being a yielding connection be- '
tween said football and the extremity of each arm
of the spider, and means for resisting rotation of
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said shaft caused by kicking of the football.
5. An amusement device of the character de
scribed comprising a supporting structure, a cross
shaft journaled in the supporting structure, an
arm extending radially outwardly from said shaft,
a football carried by the outer extremity of said
arm, frictional devices associated with one end of -
said shaft for resisting rotation thereof, and lock
ing instrumentalities included as a part of the
friction mechanism.
6. An amusement device of the character de 35
scribed comprising a supporting structure, a cross
shaft journaled in the supporting structure, an
arm extending radially outwardly from said shaft,
a football carried by the outer extremity of said
arm, frictional devices associated with one end of £10
said shaft for resisting rotation thereof, register
ing mechanism carried by the supporting struc
ture in a visible position, and operating connec
tions between said registering mechanism and the
shaft whereby the amount of rotation of the shaft 45
is registered on the registering mechanism.
'7. In an amusement device of the character
described, a cross shaft, a football, operative con
nections between said football and the said shaft
whereby movement of the football causes rota 50
tion of the shaft, a pair of spaced disks keyed
to said shaft, a circular plate interposed between
said disks and having a frictional surface adapted
to engage one of said disks, means for yieldably
urging one of said disks into engagement with 55
said frictional surface, and means for holding
said intermediate circular plate against rotation
as the cross shaft is rotated, whereby rotation of
the said cross shaft is resisted.
8. In an amusement device of the character 60
described, a cross shaft, an arm extending from
said cross shaft, a football carried by said arm,
a pair of spaced disks keyed to said shaft, a
circular plate interposed between said disks and
having a frictional surface adapted to engage 65
one of said disks, means for yieldably urging one
of said disks into engagement with said frictional
surface, the peripheral edge of said circular plate
being provided with ratchet teeth, and a pawl
associated with said ratchet teeth and adapted 70
to engage therewith to- hold the circular plate
against rotation.
9. An amusement device of the character de
scribed comprising a pair of side structures hav
ing inclined edges extending substantially from 75
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the bottom to the top of said structures, a panel
extending across the lower portion of said in
clined edges, said panel being formed with a
groove, a cross shaft journaled in said side struc
tures and having an arm extending radially out
wardly therefrom, and adapted to be swung into
said groove, a football carried by the outer ex
tremity of said arm, yieldable means associated
with said cross shaft for rotating the same in a
direction moving said arm into said groove, and
means for resisting rotation of said shaft incident
to kicking of the football.
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10. An amusement device of the character de
scribed comprising a pair ofside structures hav
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ing inclined edges extending substantially from
the bottom to the top of said structures, a panel
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between said registering mechanism and said
cross shaft, an audible signal, means connected
with said operating connections for operating the
said audible signal, and frictional means for re
sisting rotation of said shaft incident to kicking 5
of a ball, said frictional means being inoperable
as the arm is movable in said groove.
12. An amusement device of the character de- '
scribed comprising a pair of side structures each
having a vertical edge, and an inclined edge ex-, 10
tending from the bottom to the top of said side
structure, an end structure connecting said ver
tical edges, and. a panel extending between the
inclined edges at the lower portion of the side
structures, said panel being cut away to provide 15
a groove, a cross shaft journaled in said side
extending across the lower portion of said in
clined edges, said panel being formed with a
groove, a cross shaft journaled in said side struc
20 tures and having an arm extending radially out
structures and having an arm extending radially
outwardly therefrom, a football carried at the
extremity of said arm, said shaft being rotatable
wardly therefrom, and adapted to be swung into
football against said panel, said shaft also being
said groove, a football carried by the outer ex
tremity of said arm, yieldable means associated
with said cross shaft for rotating the same in a
25 direction moving said arm into said groove, an
end structure connecting said side structures,
registering mechanism carried by said end struc
ture in a visible position, operating connections
between said registering mechanism and said
30 cross shaft, and means for resisting rotation of
said cross shaft incident to kicking of a football.
11. An amusement device of the character de
scribed comprising a pair of side structures hav
ing inclined edges extending substantially from
35 the bottom to the top of said structures, a panel
extending across the lower portion of said in
clined edges, said panel being formed with a
groove, a cross shaft journaled in said side struc
tures and having an arm extending radially out‘
40 wardly therefrom, and adapted to be swung into
said groove, a football carried by the outer ex
tremity of said arm, yieldable means associated
with said cross shaft for rotating the same in a
direction moving said arm into said ‘groove, an
to move the arm in said groove and position the 20
rotatable to move the football into an inaccessible
position between said side structures; and means
for resisting said last named movement.
13. An amusement device of the character de 25
scribed comprising a supporting structure having
an inclined front face, said front face being
formed with a groove, and an open space, a
cross shaft journaled in said supporting struc
ture and having an arm extending radially out 30
wardly therefrom and into said groove, a foot
ball carried at the extremity of said arm and
adapted to rest against said front face in a posi
tion in which it may be kicked, said shaft being
rotatable to move the football through the open 35
space into an inaccessible position in the. sup
porting structure, yieldable means normally urg
ing said football into accessible position, fric
tional means opposing rotation of said shaft
which is caused incident to kicking of the foot 40
ball, locking instrumentalities for locking said
shaft against movement bringing the football
into accessible position, registering mechanism
carried by the supporting structure in a visible
end structure connecting said side structures, position, and operating connections between said
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registering mechanism carried by said end struc registering mechanism and said shaft.
ture in a visible position, operating connections
JOHN R. SACHER;
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