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FIG. 3 is a vertical section taken on line III—III of
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SIMULATED TABLE FOOTBALL GAME
Georg Pflugmann, 31 Husingerstrasse,
Lorrach, Baden, Germany
Filed June 2, 1960, Ser. No. 33,494
Claims priority, application Germany June 4, 1959
8 Claims. (Cl. 273—85)
FIG. 4 is a section on line IV—-IV of FIG. 5 showing
on a larger scale the arrangement for returning the ball
onto the game board;
FIG. 5 is a vertical section taken on line V--V of
FIG. 6;
FIG. 6 is a horizontal section taken on line VI-VI
of FIG. 4;
This invention relates to simulated football games
FIG. 7 is another Vertical section but taken on line
in which a light ball is propelled towards the goal of 10
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of FIG. 6;
the opponent by air, and more speci?cally to a simulated
FIG. 8 is a similar section to FIG. 7 but showing a
construction in which the inserted coin serves as coupling
table football game in which. ?gures representing players
are arranged stationary on the game board and to each
member for the mechanical release of the automatic
of which ?gures a bellows is coordinated to be operated
indirectly or directly by hand from the side of the game
board, and an air passage leads from each of said bellows
to the base of each of said ?gures where it terminates in
mechanism;
FIG. 9 is a i?ragmentary side elevational view of FIG. 8;
FIG. 10 is a fragmentary elevation of the arrangement
of ‘an automatic machine which serves to release the auto
openings directed towards the goal of the opponent.
matic mechanism for a predetermined time after the in
in principle and it is the object of the invention to improve 20 sertion of a coin;
FIG. 11 is a plan view of FIG. 10;
the known games with a view to enabling the ball to be
Such simulated table football games are already known
manipulated ‘after a goal has been scored so as to avoid
FIG. 12 is a vertical section taken on line XII-XII
or the like to protect it against damage and dust.
In order to attain the object of the invention, means
are provided which enable the ball to be returned pneu
matically on to the game board and brought into the mid
XIV of FIG. 11;
FIGS. 15 to 17 are fragmentary side, plan and rear
views respectively of a modi?ed form of construction in
of FIG. 11;
the necessity of picking it up by hand in order to bring
FIG. 13 is a fragmentary elevational view taken on
it back into play. This is of great advantage when the
the
line XIII—XIII of FIG. 11;
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game board is covered for example by a pane of glass
FIG. 14 is a similar view but taken on the line XIVH
which on the insertion of a coin a predetermined num
dle thereof, especially after a goal has been scored, for
ber of balls are released successively by pressing a key,
and
example by actuating a bellows specially provided for this
purpose. With this object in view, an aperture is pro
vided preferably behind each goal on the game board into
which aperture the ball drops and is conducted into a
FIGS. 18 and 19 are fragmentary views of two dif
ferent forms of keys for indirectly actuating the bellows.
The automatic simulated table football game illustrated
in FIGS. 1 to 3 comprises a box-shaped housing 1 which
conduit extending from each aperture ‘and serving for
guiding the dropping ball to a place where it is received
is closed by a cover 2 and accommodates in its interior
a device for returning the ball on to the ‘game board.
The cover ‘2, which is preferably made to swing open on
‘and held but from which it can be pneumatically re
turned directly onto the game board.
Another advantageous form of construction is obtained
if the place where the ball is held after a goal has been
hinges and can be kept closed by a lock (not shown),
forms a game board 3 on which a plurality of player
?gures 4 are distributed so that half of these ?gures face
each of the opposing goals 6. These ?gures 4 are each
scored can guide the ball on to an ejection place after
it has been ?rst moved mechanically. This means of mov
ing of the ball to the place of its ejection can be blocked
and made dependent upon the insertion of a coin. The
game thus becomes a coin-controlled amusement ma
chine. Thereby the mechanism can be so designed that
the blowing of the ball onto the game board always be
comes locked when a predetermined number, say ?ve
goals, have been scored or after a predetermined period
of time has elapsed. Only when a coin is inserted, is it
possible to continue the game by enabling more balls
to be blown successively onto the game board. Many
constructional designs are possible for a coin-controlled
amusement machine of the kind in question.
The invention is hereafter explained in detail with the
aid of several forms of construction illustrated by way of
example in the accompanying drawings.
Therein the
mounted on a hollow base 5 ?xed on the game board 3
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and each provided with holes directed towards the op
ponent’s goal 6 and serving as nozzles for ejecting air for
propelling the ball. The compressed air necessary for
this purpose is produced by actuating a plurality of bel
lows 7 arranged along the two longitudinal sides of the
game board on the cover 2 and is conducted through a
passage 8, one passage being coordinated to each bellows
and leading to one of the player ?gures 4. The game
board itself is surrounded by a frame 9 sloping down to
wards the game board carrying on its upper edge a cover
pane 1d of glass or other transparent material and at the
same time giving the impression of a stadium. A count
ing device 11 may be provided on each side of the game
board for recording the number of goals scored by each
side.
or controlled automatic machine using for example in
An aperture ‘12 is provided in each goal ‘6 behind the
FIGS. 1 to 7 the inserted coin as drop weight for releas 60
goal line, through which the ball can drop when a goal
ing the automatic mechanism and in FIGS. 8 and 9 as a
has been scored. A sleeve 13 or the like extends down
coupling member for actuating a lever. The automatic
wards from this aperture 12 and has at a suitable height
mechanism then remains operative until a predetermined
a dished bottom 14 serving for catching the ball and bring
number of goals has been scored. In the example illus
simulated table football game is shown as a coin-operated
trated in FIGS. 10 to 14 the automatic mechanism is re
ing it through a hose or similar conduit 15 to an arrange
leased for a predetermined period of playing time. FIGS.
ment for returning it onto the game board.
15 to 17 show another ‘form of construction for playing
successively with a predetermined number of balls. In
This arrangement comprises as an essential part an
additional bellows 16 arranged ‘for example on the side
wall of the housing 1 and connected to a blow nozzle 18
the drawings:
FIG. 1 is a top plan view of an automatic simulated 70 by means of a tube conduit 17. A guide tube 19 arranged
table football game according to the invention;
FIG. 2 is a side elevation of FIG. 1;
above the nozzle 18 then returns on to the surface of the
game board the ball which is blown against for this
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purpose from below. The guide tube 19, however, prefer
ably only extends up to the underside of the cover 2 and
here has an extension in the form of a second tube 21
mounted above an aperture 20 in the cover and pro
vided at its upper end with an ejection aperture 22 di
rected towards the middle of the game board. This pre
sents the advantage that the cover 2 of the housing 1
can :be swung open without hindrance for the purpose of
carrying out repairs or emptying a coin receptacle dis
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tion 36 shown in full lines (FIG. 6) and thereby clears
the passage through the tube 19 for the ball to be blown
upwards on to the game board. Hereupon the disc 23
is turned out of the “0” position in the direction of the
arrow 39 until the ?gure “l” on the rotary disc 23 is
exposed and directed towards the player, the cam 33 at
the same time engaging in the hole 34 in the blade spring
35. The player now actuates the bellows 16, with the
result that an air current is produced which passes through
10 the hose conduit 17 to the nozzle 13 and blows the ball
In order to ensure that the simulated table football
32 resting on the nozzle 18upwards through a bore 281
game is rendered ready for use only after the insertion of
and the guide tube 19, 21 and ?nally ejects it onto the
a coin and only remains in this state until a predetermined
playing ?eld through the aperture 22.
number of goals, for example ?ve, have been scored, a
The simulated table football game can now be started
disc 23 preferably with a knurled periphery is rotatably 15
by each of the players selectively operating the bellows
mounted on an axle 24 ?xed on a bottom piece 25 of the
7 arranged on his side at the edge of the game board so
housing'l. At the same time the arrangement is such
as to propel the ball into the goal 6 of his opponent by
that *a portion of the disc 23 projects in segment shape
the impulses of air produced and passing out through
through a slot 27 provided in a plate 26 so that it can
nozzles in the base 5 of the player ?gures 4._ If one
be turned about its axle by one of the players. The disc
posed inside the housing 1.
23 is provided on its upper side near its edge with ?gures
0 to 5 ‘which indicate to the player the number of balls
which have been played (FIG. 6). Furthermore the
rotary disc 23 is provided with bores 28 located radially
to the ?gures but nearer the pivot axle 24, which bores
serve for receiving, after ‘a goal has been scored, the
ball arriving from the goal l6 through a hose conduit
player succeeds in doing this, the ball ‘drops through
the aperture 12 arranged behind the goal line and is con
ducted through one of the hose conduits 15 and its T
piece 29 into a bore 282 in the rotary disc 23.
To enable the ball to be returned onto the game board,
one of the players must turn the ‘disc 23 in the direction
of the arrow 39 until on the upper side thereof the
?gure “2” has become fully visible and is directed to
15 and a ‘T-piece 29. The bores 28 are closed at the
wards the player. At the same time the next cam 33
bottom by a disc 3%} ?xed on the axle 24 and having a
single bore 31 under which the nozzle 18 is arranged and 30 engages in the hole 34 in the blade spring 35. As a
result of this turning movement of the disc 23, the bore
to the bottom of which the hose conduit 17 is connected
232 containing the ball has been turned onwards so far
which leads to the bellows 16 provided on the outer
that it is then centrally under the tube 19 while at the
side of the plate 26. If this bellows 16 is pressed ‘an air
same time it is in register with the bore 31 in the sta
impulse is produced in the conduit 17 which blows a
light ball 32 resting on the nozzle 18 upwards through 35 tionary disc 36 under which the nozzle 18 is located onto
which the ball thereby comes to rest. By again exerting
the guide tube 19 and, thus conveys it on to the game
board. A blade spring 35 ?xed on the plate 26 and pro
vided with a bent up free end and a hole 34, cooperates
withstopslorrcams 33 arranged on the rotary disc 23 and
onv the one hand prevents the disc 23 from ‘being turned
in the vwrong direction while on the other hand ensuring
accurate central registration of the bores 28 under the
guide tube 19 and the T-piece 29.
To prevenhthe'possibility of the ball being returned
on to the game board after ?vegoals have been ‘scored,
ar-pivotlockinglever 36 is provided having a free end 37
which can penetrate the guide tube 19 through a slot 38
therein and thereby block the passage for the ball (FIG.
6);‘ This blocking means is actuated by an abutment or
stop 48which, after the ball has been returned ?ve times,
reaches’ position ‘431, shown in dot-dash lines and, on
the‘ disc 2137' being turned further in the direction of an
pressure on the bellows 16 the ball is returned onto the
game board.
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The procedure above described can be repeated ?ve
40 times in the form of construction illustrated by way of
example, after which a bore 283 is then located under
the tube 19, whereas there is no longer any bore in the
disc 23 located under the T-piece23. When the ?fth
goal has been scored the ball, although it is guided back
to the T-piece 29 in the same manner, will yet then rest
on the upper surface of the rotary disc 23 which has
no bore at this place, and on the disc 23 being turned
further it is held back by the lower part of the T-piece 29
until the bore 281 again arrives under the T-piece :29.
At the same time, however, the abutment or stop 48
arranged on the disc 23 and located substantially in the
position 481, brings the locking lever 36 into the position‘
361 and thereby closes the passage through the tube 19.
If the disc 23 is then turned still further until the number
41 until it has reached position 361 shown in dot-dash 55 "1” appears, the ball certainly again comes to rest on the
nozzle 18 but cannot pass into the guide tube 19 in spite
lines. The other end 42 of the locking lever 36 is pro
of the bellows 16 being operated because the lever 36
vided with a wedge-shaped extension 43 which, when the
remains in its locking position until it is again moved
guide'tuhe 119 is closed, projects into a coin passage 44.
into its open position by the insertion of another coin,
If a‘coil 45 is inserted into a slot 46, it enters through a
passage 47, provided in known manner with a coin tester 60 as has already been described above.
The embodiment illustrated in FIGS. 8 and 9 differs
intorthe coin passage 44, drops on to the wedge-shaped
from that above described substantially in that the in
extension 43 of the locking lever 36 and moves this ex
arrow'39 (FIG. 6), strikes against a projection 41} on the
locking lever 36 and turns this in the direction of an arrow
tension by its drop weight into position 431 (FIG. 7)
shown in ‘dotted lines, thereby clearing the guide tube 19.
serted coin, instead of releasing the' locking lever 36
blocking the guide tube 19 by its drop weight, in this
The automatic simulated table football game is ma 65 case itself acts as coupling member between the operat
ing knob and the releasing lever.
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nipulated and operates in the ‘following manner:
For this purpose the coin passage 44 is equipped with
A coin 45 is ?rst inserted in the slot 46. This passes
a bottom piece 49 on which the coin 45 rests on being
through the passage 47 (FIG. 7) and drops in the coin
inserted. An operating knob 50 arranged on the outer
passage 44 on to the wedge-shaped extension 43 of the
locking lever 36. Due to its drop weight, the coin 45 70 side of the automatic machine must now be pressed in
wards. The coin 45 is thereby pressed towards the left
pushes this wedge-shaped extension 43 to one side into
(FIG. 9) by means of a rod 52 arranged on the operat
the position 431. It can then drop into a receptacle
ing knob 54} and loaded by a spring 51, and brings a
placed thereunder, By this displacement of the wedge
two~armed lever 53 having a free arm 54 into position
shaped extension 43 the locking lever 36 is swung out of
the position 361' shown in dot-dash lines into the posi 75 531 with the- result that the free arm 54 shifts the locking
lever 36 into the position 36” (FIG. 8) so that the bent
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free end 37 of this lever is moved out of its blocking
position in the tube 19. On the release of the operating
knob 50 this will then be returned into its initial position
by the spring 51 and the coin 45 can drop‘ into a recep
tacle 55 there located. By actuating the bellows 16, the
ball 32 can now ‘be returned on to the game board.
In the examples described the duration of the play
ing period allowed by the insertion of a coin is determined
by the number of goals scored or by the number of
5
likewise located in the wall 71 and leads directly to the
ball resting in the recess 72.
The balls 32 are brought in succession to the place
above described by the to-and-fro movement of the slide
69 in the direction indicated by a double arrow 75 and
can be blown from this placeback onto the game board.
When the slide 69 is pushed to the left-hand position,
the lowermost ball can drop into the semicircular recess
72. As the slide 69 moves back, this ball is carried into
times the ball can be returned on to the game board after 10 the position shown in ‘FIG. 15 because it can pass under
an edge 76.
the scoring of a goal. In the case of the third embodi
The to-and-fro movement of the slide 69 is effected
ment hereinafter described and illustrated in FIGS. 10
by pressing a button 77 which is ?tted on the outer side
to 14 of the accompanying drawings, the duration of
of the housing 1. Connected with this button 77 is a bolt
' the period of play is dependent upon a period of time,
78 which is shifted to the left when the button is pressed.
for example 5 minutes, at the expiration of which the
A spring 79 is mounted on the bolt 78, which spring is
possibility of returning the ball on to the game board
compressed by a pin 80 ?xed in the bolt 78 and returns
is prevented.
As can be seen ‘from these ?gures, the two hose con—
duits 15 for returning the ball after each goal has been
scored terminate near their lower ends directly in the
guide tube 19 so that the ball 32 after each goal is con
ducted directly back to the nozzle 18 and comes to rest
on this so that by actuating the bellows 16 it can always
be immediately returned onto the game board through
the hose conduit 17 and guide tube 19, which procedure
can be repeated until the predetermined period of time
for play has expired when the free passage through the
tube 19 for the ball is blocked.
This blocking device consists of a steel wire 56 or
the like bent in U-shape and having two arms 59 and
60 which wire is rotatably mounted at one end in a bear
ing 57 arranged in the tube 19 and at the other end in a
bearing 58 provided at the coin passage 44. The arm 59
of this steel wire 56 is constructed to form a locking or
blocking hook projecting through the slot 38 in the tube
19, whereas the other arm 60 is mounted in a slot 61 in
a toothed rack 62 so that on the toothed rack 52 being
shifted towards the left (FIG. 12) the arm 59 forming the
blocking hook clears the passage in the tube 19 for the
ball, whereas by the following displacement of the toothed
rack towards the right, the passage for the ball is again
blocked.
This toothed rack 62 is mounted longitudinally slidable
in a housing 63 of a clockwork mechanism and can be ac—
tuated from outside by the operating knob 50 through the
intermediary of the rod 52 and the coin 45 which after
being inserted rests on the bottom piece 49 of the coin
passage 44 and serves as coupling member. A locking
pawl 64 arranged in the housing 63 and sliding on the
upper surface of the toothed rack 52 engages, at the end
of this movement, in a notch 65 in the toothed rack 62
and holds it in this position until the clockwork at the
expiration of a set period of time raises the pawl 64 with
the result that the toothed rack 62 is brought back into
its initial position by a tension spring 66. A toothed
wheel 67, which engages in the teeth of the toothed rack
62 is connected with the spring mechanism of the clock
and effects the winding thereof each time the knob 59
is actuated.
In the embodiment illustrated in ‘FIGS. 15 to 17, it is
again the bottom part of the T-piece ‘29 to which the ball
32 coming out of the goal is conducted. A short passage
68 also extends from the underside of this T-piece 29 and
its lower end leads vertically downwards. Here a slide
69 is arranged against which the lowermost of the balls 32
this bolt automatically into its initial position when the
button is released.
A cross-member 81 is ?xed on the bolt '78 and par
ticipates in the to-and-fro movement of the bolt. This
cross-member till has a vertical slot 82 into which the coin
45 introduced from the front of the housing 1 drops
through the coin passage 44. The cross~mernber 31 is
also guided on a bolt 83 which is mounted in a portion
84 of the wall 71. Slidably mounted on the bolts 78 and
‘83 is a U-shaped member 85 which carries on the inner
side of its rear arm 86 a ?at bar 87 which is capable of
swinging upwards about a pin 88 holding it.
As can be seen from FIGS. 15 and 16, the inserted coin
4-5 bears against the bar 87. The result thereof is that,
when the button 77 is pressed inwards, the bar 87 and
with -it also the U—shaped member 85 are shifted in the
direction of the arrow 75 towards the left. The U~
shaped member 85 is connected by an arm 89, which ex
tends from the outside through a slot 99 in the wall 71,
with the slide 69 ‘which is thus guided to and fro when
the button 77 is pressed, as long as an inserted coin 45 is
held in the slot 82 of the cross member 81. At the rear
end of this bolt 78 there is another spring 91 which shifts
the U-shaped member 85 together with the bar 87 to_
wards the right into their position of rest and at the same
time also entrains the slide 69 with the next ball 32,
bringing this ball under the guide tube 19.
A ratchet wheel 92 is rotatably mounted in the U
shaped member 85 and engages with a pawl 93 which is
mounted on a pivot pin 94 on the wall 71 so that it can
swing against the ‘action of a spring 95.
The ratchet
wheel 92, therefore, turns in the direction of the arrow
one step further each time the U-shaped piece moves to
wards the left when the button 77 is pressed. This ratchet
wheel 92 cannot, however, turn in the opposite direction.
This is prevented by a locking pawl 96 which is also
mounted on the U-shaped member 85, is urged by a pres
sure spring 97 constantly against the ratchet wheel 92 and
thus always engages behind the next tooth and locks the
ratchet wheel 92 after each feed movement. The ratchet
wheel 92 also has an upwardly projecting pin 98 which,
on the turning of the ratchet wheel, comes under an up
wardly sloping nose 99 which is mounted on the bar 87
not far from its bearing pin 88. This bar 87 is thus swung
upwards into the position indicated in dot-dash lines in
FIG. 17. The coin ‘45 has then no longer any abutment
in front of it so that it drops into a coin receptacle 10%}
and thus interrupts the connection for actuating the
slide 69.
Thus by pressing the button 77 a predetermined num
always bears. The slide as, which is located in a recess
ber of balls 32 can be blown back onto the game board
79 in a wall 71, has in its front portion a semicircular
in succession until the coin 45 continues to drop‘. The
recess 72. A bore 73 leads from below to this recess and
is in communication with the blow nozzle 18 which is 70 above-described ball feeding device is then only again
rendered operative when a fresh coin is inserted. In
mounted on the front end of the hose conduit 17. This
the example illustrated the ratchet wheel 92 is chosen
conduit extends from the bellows 16 by the pressing of
having such a number of teeth that a fresh coin must be
which the ball is again blown back onto the game board
through the guide tube 19.
This tube 19 is extended
further downwards in the form of a passage 74 which is
inserted after six balls have been played.
According to FIGS. 18 and 19 the bellows 7 is not
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pressed directly but with the aid of keys which are ar
ranged side by side like the keys of a piano on both
longitudinal sides of the game board. According to FIG.
18 the operating keys are each constructed as a two-armed
lever .‘rltlll which can swing about a fulcrum 162. Ac
cording to FIG. 19 the keys are each constructed as a
combination, a game board havinga goal at each end;
a ?rst plurality of nozzle means ?xedly mounted on said.
game board and directed toward one of said goals; a
‘econd plurality of nozzle means ?xedly mounted on
said game board and directed toward the other of said
goals; a manually operable bellows means operatively
connected to each of said nozzle means for supplying
upon operation compressed air to the respective nozzle
one-armed lever 1&3. In the case of the two-armed key
lever 191 the bellows 7 is always pressed from below by
a rounded portion ltld- projecting like a ?nger, whereas
in the case of the one-armed key lever 10-3 it is pressed 10 means; a ball on said game board to be propelled toward
said goals by air ejected from said nozzle means; a pair
from above by a projection MP5. The one-armed key
of ball guide means leading respectively from said goals
lever Hi3 pivots about a fulcrum 1%. The suitably
to a, location between said goals and below said game,
arranged individual bellows 7 press air through the air
board for guiding said ball after the same is propelled
passages 8 leading one to each of the player ?gures 4.
The invention may be embodied in other speci?c forms 15 into one of said goals to said location; ball receiving means at said location; guide tube means leading from
without departing from the spirit or essential character
said ball receiving means upwardly to a place substan
istics, thereof. The present embodiments are therefore
tially midway between said ends of said game board and
to be considered in all respects as illustrative and not
restrictive, the scope of the invention being indicated by
the appended claims rather than by the foregoing de
scription and all changes which come within the mean
ing and range of equivalency of the claims are therefore
intended to be embraced therein.
41 claim:
1. A mechanical ball game apparatus comprising, in
combination, a game board having a goal at each end; a
?rst plurality of nozzle means ?xedly mounted on said
laterally thereof; an additional manually operable bel
lows means coordinated with said ball receiving means
for blowing said ball from said ball receiving means
through said guide tube means onto the middle of said
game board; blocking means coordinated with said guide‘
tube means and movable between a rest position and a
blocking position in which said blocking means prevents
passage of said ball through said guide tube means; and
coin~operated means operatively connected to said block
game board and directed toward one of said goals; a
ing means for moving the same from said blocking posi
second plurality of nozzle means ?xedly mounted on
said game board and directed toward the other of said
goals; a manually operable bellows means operatively con
nected to each of said nozzle means for supplying upon
tion to said rest position.
4. A mechanical ball game apparatus comprising, in
combination, a game board having a goal at each end;
a ?rst plurality of nozzle means ?xedly mounted on said
game board and directed toward one of said goals; a
second plurality of nozzle means ?xedly mounted on said
game board and directed toward the other of said goals;
a manually operable bellows means operatively con
nected to each of said nozzle means for supplying upon
operation compressed air to the respective nozzle means;
a ball on said game board to be propelled toward said
goals by air ejectedfrom said nozzle means; a pair of
ball guide means leading respectively from said goals to
a location between said goals and below said game board
for guiding said ball after the same is propelled into one
of said goals to said location; ball receiving means at said
location; guide tube means leading from said ball receiv
ing means upwardly to a place substantially midway
between said ends of said game board and laterally
thereof; and an additional manually operable bellows
means coordinated with said ball receiving means for
blowing said ball from said ball receiving means through
said guide tube means onto the middle of said game board.
2. A mechanical ball game apparatus comprising, in
combination, a game board having a goal at each end; a
?rst plurality of nozzle means ?xedly mounted on said
game board and directed toward one of said goals; a '2
second plurality of nozzle means ?xedly mounted on said
game board and directed toward the other of said goals;
a manually operable bellows means operatively connected
to each of said nozzle means for supplying upon opera
tion compressed air to the respective nozzle means; a
ball on said game board to be propelled toward said
operation compressed air to the respective nozzle means;
a ball on said game board to be propelled toward said
goals by air ejected from said nozzle ‘means; a pair of
ball guide means having each a ball receiving end re
spectively located at said goals and leading from said
goals toward each other and having between said goals
and below said game board a common ball discharge
end for guiding said ball after the same is propelled into
one of said goals to said ball discharge end; ball receiv
ing means located beneath said ball discharge end and
having at least one ball receiving cavity, said ball receiv
ing means being movable between a ball receiving posie
tion in which said cavity is aligned with said common dis
charge end of said ball guide means and a discharge posi
tion in which said cavity is displaced relative to said
discharge end; moving means operatively connected to
said ball receiving means for moving the same between
said positions thereof; guide tube means having a lower
end aligned with said cavity in the displaced position
thereof and extending upwardly from said lower end to
a place midway between said ends of said game board
a location between said goals and below said game board
and laterally thereof; and an additional manually opera
for guiding said ball after the same is propelled into one 60 able bellows means communicating with said cavity in
of said goals to said location; ball receiving means at
said displaced position thereof for ‘blowing said ball from
said location; guide tube means leading from said ball
said cavity through said guide tube means onto the
receiving means upwardly to a place substantially mid
middle of said game board.
way between said ends of said game board and laterally
5. A mechanical ball game apparatus comprising, in
goals by air ejected from said nozzle means; a pair of
ball guide means leading respectively from said goals to
thereof; an additional manually operable bellows means 65 combination, a game board having a goal at each end;
coordinated with said ball receiving means for blowing
a ?rst plurality of nozzle means ?xedly mounted on said
said ball from said ball receiving means through said
game board and directed toward one of said goals; a
guide tube means onto the middle of said game board;
second plurality of nozzle means ?xedly mounted on said
blocking means coordinated with said guide tube means
game board and directed toward the other of said goals;
and movable between a rest position and a blocking 70 a manually operable bellows means operatively con-,
position in which said blocking means prevents passage
nected to each of said nozzle means for supplying upon
of said ball through said guide tube means; and means
operation compressed air to the respective nozzle means;
operatively connected to said blocking means for moving
a ball on said game board to be propelled toward said
the same from said blocking position to said rest position.
goals by air ejected from said nozzle means; a pair of
3. A mechanical ball game apparatus comprising, in
ball guide means having each a ball receivingend re
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?rst plurality of nozzle means ?xedly mounted on said
spectively located at said goals and leading from said
goals toward each other and having between said goals
game board and directed toward one of said goals; a
second plurality of nozzle means ?xedly mounted on said
game board and directed toward the other of said goals; a
and below said game board a common ball discharge
end for guiding said ball after the same is propelled into
one of said goals to said ‘ball discharge end; ball receiving
means located beneath said ball discharge end and having
at least one ball receiving cavity, said ball receiving means
manually operable bellows means operatively connected
to each of said nozzle means for supplying upon opera
tion compressed air to the respective nozzle means; a ball
on said game board to be propelled toward said goals by
air ejected from said nozzle means; a pair of ball guide
of said ball guide means and a discharge position in 10 means having each a ball receiving end respectively
located at said goals and leading from the goals toward
which said cavity is displaced relative to said discharge
each other and having between said goals and below said
end; moving means operatively connected to said ball
game board a common ball discharge end for guiding said
receiving means for moving the same between said posi
being movable between a ball receiving position in which
said cavity is aligned with said common discharge end
ball after the same is propelled into one of said goals to
tions thereof; guide tube means having a lower end
said ball discharge end; ball receiving means comprising
aligned with said cavity in the displaced position thereof
a disc turnable about a substantially vertical axis and
and extending upwardly from said lower end to a place
midway between said ends of said game board and lat
erally thereof; an additional manually operable bellow
means communicating with said cavity in said displaced
position thereof for blowing said ball from said cavity
through said guide tube means onto the middle of said
game board; blocking means coordinated with said guide
being formed with a plurality of ball receiving cavities
distributed equally spaced from each other along a circle
concentric with said axis, said disc being arranged be
neath said ball discharge end so that said cavities may be
consecutively aligned with said ball discharge end during
stepwise turning of said disc about said axis; guide tube
means having a lower end aligned with one of said
tube means and movable between a rest position and a
cavities when another one of said cavities is aligned with
said ball discharge end, said guide tube means extending
upwardly from said lower end to a place midway between
said ends of said game board and laterally thereof; addi
blocking position in which said blocking means prevents
passage of said ball through said guide tube means; and
coin~operated means operatively connected to said block
ing means for moving the same from said blocking posi
tion to said rest position thereof.
tional bellows means communicating with said one cavity
a ball on said game board to be propelled toward said
position to said rest position thereof; and means on said
aligned with said guide tube means during stepwise turn
6. A mechanical ball game apparatus comprising, in
combination, a game board having a goal at each end; 30 ing of said disc for blowing a ball received in said one
cavity through said guide tube means onto the middle of
a ?rst plurality of nozzle means ?xedly mounted on said
said game board; blocking means coordinated with said
game board and directed toward one of said goals; a
guide tube means and movable between a rest position
second plurality of nozzle means ?xedly mounted on said
and a blocking position in which said blocking means
game board and directed toward the other of said goals;
a manually operable bellows means operatively con 35 prevents passage of said ball through said guide tube
means; coin-operated means operatively connected to said
nected to each of said nozzle means for supplying upon
blocking means for moving the same from said blocking
operation compressed air to the respective nozzle means;
disc and engaging said blocking means after said disc
goals by air ejected from said nozzle means; a pair of
ball guide means having each a ball receiving end re
40 has been turned through a predetermined angle for mov
spectively located at said goals and leading from said
goals toward each other and having between said goals
and ‘below said game board a common ball discharge end
for guiding said ball after the same is propelled into one
of said goals to said ball discharge end; ball receiving
means located beneath said ball discharge end and having
at least one ball receiving cavity, said ball receiving means
being movable between a ball receiving position in which
said cavity is aligned with said common discharge end
of said ball guide means and a discharge position in
which said cavity is displaced relative to said discharge
end; moving means operatively connected to said ball re
ceiving means for moving the same between said positions
thereof; guide tube means having a lower end aligned
with said cavity in the displaced position thereof and ex- '
tending upwardly from said lower end to a place midway
between said ends of said game board and laterally
thereof; an additional manually operable bellows means
ing said blocking means from said rest position to said
blocking position thereof.
8. A mechanical ball game apparatus comprising, in
combination, a game board having a goal at each end; a
?rst plurality of nozzle means ?xedly mounted on said
game board and directed toward one of‘ said goals; a
second plurality of nozzle means ?xedly mounted on said
game board and directed toward the other of said goals; a
manually operable bellows means operatively connected
to each of said nozzle means for supplying upon opera
tion compressed air to the respective nozzle means; a ball
on said game board to be propelled toward said goals by
air ejected from said nozzle means; a pair of ball guide
means having each a ball receiving end respectively lo
cated at said goals and leading from said goals toward
each other and having between said goals and below said
game board a common ball discharge end for guiding said
ball after the same is propelled into one of said goals to
said ball discharge end; ball receiving means located be
communicating with said cavity in said displaced position
thereof for blowing said ball from said cavity through 60 neath said ball discharge end and having at least one ball
receiving cavity, said ball receiving means being movable
said guide tube means onto the middle of said game
between a ball receiving position in which said cavity is
board; blocking means coordinated with said guide tube
aligned with said common discharge end of said ball guide
means and movable between a rest position and a block
means and a discharge position in which said cavity is
ing position in which said blocking means prevents pas
sage of said ball through said guide tube means; coin 65 displaced relative to said discharge end; guide tube means
having a lower end aligned with said cavity in the dis
operated means operatively connected to said blocking
placed position thereof and extending upwardly from said
means for moving the same from said blocking position
lower end to a place midway between said ends of said
to said rest position thereof; and means coordinated with
game board and laterally thereof; coin-operated moving
said movable ball receiving means for moving said block
ing means to said blocking position thereof after a pre 70 means operatively connected to said ball receiving means
for moving the same between said positions thereof and
determined number of balls has been transferred from
including a manually operable member, a second mem
said discharge end of said ball guide means to said guide
tube means.
ber spaced from said manually operable member and
connected to said ball receiving means, and holding means
7. A mechanical ball game apparatus comprising, in
combination a game board having a goal at each end; a 75 movable between a releasing position and a holding posi
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tioniforr, holding in said latter position a coin inserted in
said coin-operated means in a coupling position between
said members so that, when a coin is held in said coupling
position, operationof the manually operable member will
move said ball receiving means from said receiving posi
tion to‘ said discharge position thereof; means coordinated
with said coin-operated moving’ means for moving said
holding means from its coupling position to said releasing
position after a predetermined number of balls have been
moved from said, discharge end to said lower end of said
guide tube means; and an additional manually operable 10
bellows means communicating ‘with said cavity in said
displaced position thereof‘ for’ blowing said ball from
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said cavity through said guide tube means onto the
middle of said game board.
References Qited in the ?le of this patent
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