Dec, 17,1946. J_ CAESAR , - 2,412,714 BASEBALL GAME ‘Filed April 17, 1944' s Sheets-Sheet 1 . I’: ' ' ‘ ‘ » BY INVENTOR. ' Ju/fus Caesar‘ . _ . 17, 1946. 2,412,714 J. CAESAR ‘ BASEBALL 'GAME Filed April 17, 1944 s Sheets-Sheet 2 \ \. - l‘. gil‘iudu/ ius Caesar BY I IN VEN TOR. Dec. 17, 1946. I J_ CAESAR ' 2,412,714 Filed April 17, 1944 3 Shsets~$heet 3 BASEBALL GAME _ IINVENTOR. YJu/u/s C'aesar Patented Dec. 17, 1946 ‘ 2,412,714 UNITED‘ STATES PATENT ‘ OFFICE \ ‘ “ 2,412,714 BASEBALL GAME Julius Caesar, Humboldt, Tenn. Application April 1'7, 1944, Serial No. 531,424 ‘ 8 Claims. (Cl. 273-90) 1 2 This invention relates to games, and more par erally surrounded by a wall 13, and therewithin ticularly to a gameboard for playing a game of an additional or out?eld wall [5, and walls l1. I9 is the in?eld which is separated from the sur baseball type. i ' , ‘ rounding ?eld by a continuous slot 2! along To provide a game device including a playing board which may be manipulated by one of two which the runners are advanced from home plate contestants and which is provided‘ with 'addi tional apparatus which may bemanipulated by way in which the players on a baseball ?eld ad The objects of the invention are: 2'3 to the other bases, in manner simulating the ’ vance. Along this slot and extended therebe yond, the usual foul lines 24 are indicated. Positioned at the bases are chair-shaped accomplish a game simulating baseball; and 10 the other of the two contestants in a manner to more speci?cally pockets 25, 21 and 29,'representing ?rst, second ' and third basemen, and outward‘ therefrom are positioned two chairs 3| representing short stops, that it may be manipulated by one of the two after the manner of soft ball, and three chairs contestants to propel a ball toward a‘batter, as in playing baseball, and if the‘ball be hit by the 15 33 representing out?elders, these chairs here inafter sometimes being referred to as basemen, batter, may be ‘caught by a ?elder, or if not To provide a board so mounted or supported caught ?elded by further manipulation of the board to put out the batter advancing to ?rst and ?elders. The chairs which. represent the three basemen are preferably smaller than those representing the out?elders. These chairs may base, or a runner, or runners, on base advancing‘ to other bases, and in which board provision is 20 otherwise be of the same type and are preferably each provided with loose mesh back portions made for manipulation by the second contestant against which the ball if propelledthrough the of a batter in an endeavor to strike the ball and air on the fly, may strike substantially without for further manipulation of a runner, or runners, bouncing. . and their advancement around the bases. Each of the chairs is provided with a rim 3 The means by which the foregoing and other 25 which assists in trapping the ball, particularly objects are accomplished, and the manner of along the side, facing the batter, and with a their accomplishment, will readily ‘be understood seat portion having an opening 3'! through from the following speci?cation upon reference‘ which the ball 39, if trapped by the chair, drops to the accompanying drawings, in which: Fig. 1 is a plan view of a game board having 30 on the board for easier recapture andreturn to the ?elder contestant for the next play. The a baseball ?eld in miniatureoutlined thereon, chairs are each supported by two legs 4| which with a batter, runner and ?elding devices shown. are spaced well apart to‘ minimize interference Fig. 2 is a sectional elevation taken on the with the ball when it is rolling on the board. line 11-11 of Fig. 1. Figs. 3, 4, 5 and 6 are enlarged fragmentary views showing various details of construction; The ?rst, second and third basemen are posi tioned over their respective bases, the legs MA or‘ the ?rst baseman being on opposite sides of Fig. 3 being a sectional elevation taken as on and at equal distances from the base and ‘so the line III-III of Fig. 6, showing one of sev spaced apart that with a runner 43 in the dotted eral brackets supporting the in?eld or diamond relatively to the surrounding portion of the 40 position 43A, of Fig. 6, that is, having reached the base, passage of the ball 39 is blocked whether board; Fig. 4 a sectional plan taken on the line IV—IV it be to the one side‘ or the other of the runner. of Figs. 2 and 5, showing batter mechanism and runner advancing mechanism and the manipu~ The third baseman, not shown in Fig. 6, is simi larly positioned with regard to that base and the legs MB of ‘the second baseman are positioned as shown and accomplish similar blocking with lating means therefor; - Fig. 5 a corresponding sectional elevation on the line V—V of Fig. 4; and a runner on second base, such blocking indicat Fig. 2, immediately above the surface of the play ing board, showing runners approaching ?rst ing thatthe runner is safe on the plays. The ?rst and third base chairs are preferably addi tionally provided. on their outer sides with wings and second base and the ball having been manipulated to out off the ‘runner at ?rst base. Referring now to the drawings in which the ball being ?elded toward first or third base, as the case may be, and make ?elding of the’ball Fig. 6 a sectional plan on the line VI-—VI of various parts are indicated by numerals: . ' H is a board which has a ?at surface periph 25W, 23W respectively, which divert inward the somewhat easier. 55 ‘ Beneath the board is a channelway 45 which 2,412,714 3 4 ' extends from an opening 45A in the out?eld end of the board to a second opening teB in the in?eld, which may be designated as the pitcher’s box, the channel being preferably deepened intermediate its-length to clear other apparatus ‘below the board, and preferably having its sides d4 con tinued to the batter end of the board. The ball 39 is dropped into the channelway 65 through the opening 135A and after traversing the chan nelway is projected from‘the pitcher’s box 4513 upwardly and rearwardly across home plate 23 in a trajectory or path P, somewhat as shown in Fig. 2. The inneror batter’s end of the board has a ' centrally disposed supporting post 41, which pro jects downwardly from the board and is prefer ably provided at its lower end with a suction cup 41A adapted to rest on and adhere as to the top of a table As. When not in play the outer part of the board may be lowered to rest on the table, but in play is supported by the hands, of the player representing the team in the ?eld. The in?eld i9 is separated from surrounding portions of the board I! by the continuous slot 2! and is supported in such position by brackets or cleats 5!, which are cut away at 55A beneath the slot. Journalled below the four corners of the in?eld are sprockets 53,having vertical shafts, these sprockets carrying an endless chain " Disposed four open at topequal vertically distances disposed along sockets this chain 5'! adapt son of the slope of the channel toward the out ?eld, remains at the outer end of the channel. He then grasps the two sides of the outer end of the board in his hands and raises the board quickly to a position, such as is shown in Fig. 2, establishing a downward path for the ball 39 to the pitcher’s box and endeavors to establish such slope of the channelway that the ball will be de livered over home plate in. an are or trajectory path similar to the path P, indicated in such Fig. 2. The batting contestant retracts the arm 15 by ‘pull on the grip 15A against action of the spring Tl and awaits the pitch and delivery of the ball. As the ball is delivered he endeavors to release the grip at proper time to swing the bat and hit the ball, as ‘does the batter when he swings at a ball thrown in the game of baseball; If he is un successful a strike is recorded, three strikes, as usual, constituting an out. If on the other hand the ?elding contestant fails to‘deliver the ball in a proper trajectory over the plate, a ball is re corded, the usual four balls being allowed before the batter is given his base. ' ' ‘ Should the bat strike the ball and project it forwardly of the plate and within the foul lines 24, it is, as in a ‘baseball game, a fair ball. If batted on the ?y, the ball strikes in one of the basemen’s chairs or ?elder’s chairs and does not bounce out, it is an out, although obviously there ed to receive the runners 43, which may be indis after it drops 'down and rolls through the hole 31 in such chair for recapture for the next play. criminately placed in or removed from such If the ball bounces out it is an error and the sockets as occasion may require. ball must be ?elded to a base to get the batter out, or if the ball is hit into the playing ?eld on’ ' The sprocket 53A at home plate is secured on a shaft 59, on which is also secured a bevel gear 8 I. Gear 5! meshes with a second horizontally dis , posed shaft 65 extending through and journalled in the post Ill. Secured on the outer end of the shaft 65 is a hand wheel 51 which is adapted for manual manipulation by the contestants repre senting the team at bat. $9 is a batter who carries a bat ‘l l. The batter the ?y, or an the board, it must similarly be ?elded toward a base. The batting contestant, having swung the bat and hit the ball, grasps the hand wheel 61 and turns it to actuate the chain 55 and advance the runner 43 positioned adja cent home base toward ?rst base. The ?elding contestant tilts the board laterally and longitudi nally, as he may see ?t, and endeavors to roll the ball along the surface of the board toward ?rst .' base in an effort to roll the ball between the legs 4IA of the ?rst baseman before the runner, advanced by turn of the wheel 5?, reaches that is mounted on,‘and turns with, a vertically dis posed post '53, suitably journalled. Also secured to this post is an arm 15 which is urged toward batting position by a tension spring ‘H, the arm base. ’ being disposed through slots ‘F9 in the sides 4-’! of the channelway. The arm 75 extends beyond In ?elding this ball advantage be taken’ these slots and is ‘provided with a grip portion 54) of the side walls it, or the wing 25, or even the 15A which is engaged by the ?nger of the operator wall H’ to assist in getting a ball to the base, in to retract the arm, turn the batter, and retract time to head off the runner, it being immaterial whether the ball approaches ‘the base from, the the bat which he carries, release of the ?nger grip allowing the spring to swing the bat toward out?eld or from some other direction. If the the ball. ‘ r ball passes between ithelegs of the ?rst base. . 8| isa ?exible bumper against which the arm man before the runner reaches such base, the is swungby the spring ‘I’! on release of the grip runner is out, and this out is recorded even 15A. Movement of the arm swings the bat in though the ball hit the runner after it passes a horizontal arc, in a path intersecting the usual between the baseman’s legs and is bounced back trajectory path of the ball 39 as it is delivered 60 by the runnel~ approaching the base. If, ‘how from the pitcher’s box 45B. ever, the runner reaches the base before, the In using the device the board is placed on a ball, and passage of the ball is blocked by the table, as the table 49, with the suction cup 41A runner and the baseman’s legs, the runner is engaging the table adjacentone edge thereof, and safe. Should the ?elder ?nd that he is unable the outer end of the board rested on the opposite to make the play at ?rst base and the batting edge of the table. The contestants arrange them contestant elects to advance the runner past selves one as a ?elding contestant, in adjacency such base toward second, the play may be con to the outer end of the board, and the other tinued in an endeavor to head the runner. off at as a batting contestant, in position to operate the second, or at third, or at home plate. When a, V hand wheel 61, and the grip end 15A of the arm runner has reached ?rst base an additional man 15. A runner 43 is placed in the chain socket 5'! is placed in the socket at home plate and on the. adjacent home, plate, the other sockets being left next hit by the batsman play- may, be made at empty, and the game begins. The ball 39 is second base for a forced out and continued to. ‘ dropped bythe ?elding contestant through the ?rst base. for a double play. .Runners being ad hole 45A into the channelway 45 and‘, by rea vanced may be returned toward bases they have 5 2,412,714 left, but if out of! in attempting such return are‘ 6 porting said board for universal tilting‘ move ment, means forming a pathway for'advancement of said runners from base to base, means for advancing runners along said pathway, means at ants shift position, the batting contestant chang C21 the batter’s end of said board for actuating said batter and adjacent means for actuating said ad ing to ?elding contestant, and the ?elding con vancing means, a channelway for said ball under testant coming to the plate and becoming the lying, and extending from the out?eld and to batting contestant, these positions being alter ward the batter’s end of, said board, the out?eld nated for the usual nine innings. Strikes, balls, outs, andhits may be recorded, 10 end of said channelway being open to receive said out, and may be doubled off base if they over run when a ?y is caught. When three outs have been made the contest and runs are scored in the usual manner of base ball scoring, though in usual practice only the runs will be scored, and as in a ball game, the side making the most runs is obviously the win her. It will be understood- that the post M might be moved away from the batter end toward the out ?eld end of the board, So long as the shift toward the out?eld end he not su?icient to interfere with ball, and its opposite end curving upwardly through said board forwardly of said batter for delivery of saidball to said batter, means at the bases and additional means in the ?eld for trap 15 ping balls batted on the fly, said trapping means at the bases, respectively having support mem bers positioned on opposite sides of their related said bases, spaced to allow free passage of said ball over the base when unoccupied, but re the sharp longitudinal tilting of the board which 20 tricted to cooperate with a said runner advanced is necessary to deliver the ball in pitching. How to the base to block passage of the ball. ' ever, it is distinctly preferable that the post be 2. In a game apparatus, a board, a batter and adjacent the edge of the board at the batter runners, carried by said board, and a ball, said end in order that movement of the control ap board being marked to simulate a baseball dia paratus, operated by the batter contestant, be mond and surrounding playing ?eld, means sup minimized and such contestant be not seriously porting said board for universal tilting move interfered with in his operation of the batter ment, means forming a pathway for advance and advancement of the runners. ment of runners from base to base, means for advancing runners along said pathway, means The ball preferably is of soft rubber, but if not of rubber is of such resiliency that when for actuating said batter, and means for operat~ ing said advancing means; a channelway for said struck by the bat it may be driven to the out ball underlying, and extending from the out?eld ?eld and even occasionally over the wall l5 at the out?eld end, in which latter case a home run and toward the batter’s end of, said board, the out?eld end of said channelway being open to is scored. receive said ball, and its opposite end curving up It will be noted that the legs of the chairs, as wardly through said board forwardly of said bat the leg MB of the chair 21, in Fig. 2 shows, are ter, for delivery of said ball, means at the bases Should and additional means in the ?eld for trapping it be desired, additional holes 83, Fig. l, which balls batted on the ?y, said trapping means at laterally are spaced to conform to the leg spacing of the chairs, may be provided, into which the 4-0 the bases, respectively having support members positioned to cooperate with a runner occupying legs of the shortstop chairs 3| may be transferred a base, to block passage of the ball, but allowing to shift the positions of these chairs, laterally free passage when said base is unoccupied. and/ or forwardly, and similarly holes 85 for shift 3. In a game apparatus, a manually manipu of the out?elder chairs 35, such shift being op inserted in holes in the board surface. tional with the ?elder contestant, as where a bat ting contestant consistently hits to the left or right, or short. latable board carrying a batter, a runner, and a interfere with ?elding the ball. and ?eld, said board carrying means for trap ball, said board being marked to simulate a base ball ?eld, means supporting said board for uni versal tilting movement, means forming a path~ The pitcher’s box 455 is preferably surrounded way for advancement of runners from base to by a wall 8? which, as seen in Fig. 2, extends above the board surface, this wall preventing the (.1) base, means for advancing runners along said pathway, manual means for actuating said batter ball, while being rolled along the board, from and means for operating said advancing means, dropping through the board and also assisting and means forming part of said board operable in forming a. pocket, in addition to the ?elder by longitudinal tilt of said board for delivery of chairs, into which, if the ball on the ?y drops, said ball to said batter, means at the bases and the batter is out. additional means in the ?eld for trapping balls At home plate the corners 89 of the walls ll batted on the ?y, said trapping means at said couoperate with a runner crossing home plate, as bases respectively having support members posi do the legs of a baseman with the runner at the tioned to cooperate with a runner on base to related base in blocking passage of the ball across block passage of the ball, but permitting free the base and indicating that the runner is safe. passage of said ball when said base is unoccupied. The sockets 51, Fig. 3, which carry the run 4. In a game device, a ball, and a playing ners 43, do not project above the board surface so board marked to simulate a baseball diamond that when not carrying a runner. they do not It will be understood also that the use of the 65 ping ?y balls, a batter, and removable runners on the base lines; means, at the batter end of said tension spring ll to e?iect the batter’s swing is board respectively for actuating said batter and ‘ typical only of means for this purpose, and that means for advancing said runners from base to except where set out in a claim, it is not my in base, means adjacent the batter end of said tent to limit myself to the speci?c detail set out. 70 board effecting universally tiltable support there I claim: of, said board being adapted for manual support 1. In a game apparatus, a manually manipu lable board, a ball, a batter, batting means, and , at its out?eld end to eifect pitching delivery and subsequent ?elding of said ball, certain of said runners, carried by said board, said board being trapping means being respectively placed at the marked to simulate a baseball diamond, and ?eld, means adjacent the batter end of said board sup 75 bases and each including supports spaced apart 7 2,4,12,714 to allow free passage of the ball across the re lated base when unoccupied, but to. block passage of the ball when a runner occupies the related said base. 5. In a game apparatus, a manually manipula ble board, a ball, batting means, and means 8 having mounted on one end thereof, means man ually operable by one of said contestants, for batting said ball, and beneath said end a single downwardly extending post supporting said board end in raised position for universal tilting move ment, said boards being manually tiltable by the adjacent the batting end of said board supporting other said contestant to deliver and ?eld said said board for universal tilting movement, means ball, said post being immediately adjacent said at the batter’s end of said board for actuating batting means, whereby to minimize movement of said batting means, a channelway for said ball 10 said manually operable means with respect to the underlying, and extending from the out?eld and contestant operating said means, while said board toward the batter’s end of, said board, the out is being tilted by the other said contestant to ?eld end of said channelway being open to re accomplish delivery of said ball. , ceive said ball, and its opposite end curving up 8. A baseball game device for operation by two wardly and opening through said board forward 15 contestants, said device including a board marked '13; of said batting means for delivery of said ball to simulate a baseball ?eld, a ball, and runners, upwardly and rearwardly past said batting said board having mounted on one end thereof means, under manual raising movement of the means for batting said ball, and adjacent means end of said board opposite said batting means to for advancing said runners, both manually oper propel said ball. able by one of said contestants, and beneath said 6. A game device including a ball, runners end a single downwardly extending post support and a board mounted for manual tilting to ?eld ing said board in raised position for universal said ball along its surface, said board having out \ tilting movement, said board being manually tilt lined thereon a baseball diamond, including able by the other said contestant to deliver and bases; means for advancing runners from base ?eld said ball, said post being immediately ad to base, and means, respectively each at a said jacent said batting and advancing means, where base, spaced to permit free passage of said ball by to minimize movement of said manually oper across an unoccupied said base, but adapted to able means with respect to the contestant operat block passage when said base is occupied by a ing said means, while said board is being tilted runner. 7. A baseball game device for operation by two contestants, said device including a board marked to simulate a baseball ?eld, and a ball, said board 30 by the other said contestant to accomplish de livery and ?elding of said ball. JULIUS CAESAR.