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Dec. 18, 1962
' Filed Jan. 11, 1961
George E. Lindmun
United States Patent ' ()??ce
Patented Dec. 18, 1962
batter indicated at 3 is located immediately to the left
of home plate. ‘The batter 3 is a ?gurine simulating
George E. Lindman, Mill Valley, Cali?, assignor to Mag
Powr Games, Inc, Sausalito, Cali?, a corporation of
carrying a downwardly inclining bat 5 preferably formed
Filed Jan. 11, 1961, Ser. No. 82,031
Claims priority, application Great Britain Oct. 5, 1960
3 Claims. (Cl. 273-89)
This invention relates to game pieces for simulated
games and more particularly relates to a new 'and im
proved batter mechanism for use in a toy baseball game
of the type played with magnetized players adapted to be
moved slidably over the surface of a game board under
in?uence of operating magnets manipulated beneath the
game board as described in my pending application en
titled “Magnetic Game,” Serial No. 851,487, ?led October
5, 1959.
The present invention de?nes a batter assembly adapted
a baseball player in ready or cocked position at bat and
5 of wood, but which may be made from any number of
other suitable materials such as plastics.
The ?gurine 3 is mounted on a pedestal 7 which forms
the top of an axle 9 journalled through both housing
11 and the playing board 13. .The housing 11 is attached
to the board by means such as screws 15 and includes a
raised circular portion 17 arranged to be snugly received
into a corresponding aperture formed in game board 13.
The lower end of the axle 9 is provided with a batter
driving mechanism, best seen in FIG. 2, and operable to
rotate batter 3. This driving mechanism includes a
toothed gear sector 23 having a vertically extending sleeve
portion 10 centrally mounted thereon and into which key
shaped axle 9 is removably ?tted. A pinion gear 29 is
in meshed engagement with gear 23 and a turnknob 31
for mounting on a baseball game board. The batter is
attached to the pinion 29 for rotation therewith. Re
mounted for pivotal movement with respect to the board
silient means, such as a coil spring 19, is anchored at
for controlled swingable bat movement from a ready
one end 21 to gear sector 23 and at its other end 25 to
or battery position to a follow-through position. The
a'slot 27 formed in stationarily mounted housing 11.
When the knob 31 is rotated clockwise, pinion 29 drives
located beneath the game board and associated with the
25 gear sector 23, thereby rotating the batter 3 and associ
batter ?gurine.
ated hat 5 counter-clockwise from a ready to the follow
A primary object of the present invention is to pro
through position illustrated by the dotted line bat posi
assembly is manually actuated by a turn-knob obscurely
vide a batter assembly for a simulated baseball game
tion 5a shown in FIG. 2 causing coil spring 19 to load
manually controllable by the human contestant in a
so that the bat is swung against spring tension. Release
manner closely analogous to the way an actual baseball
30 of knob 31 causes spring 19 to return the ?gurine and
player controls his bat.
More speci?cally, it is a primary object of this inven
bat to battery or ready position by forcing rotation of
gear sector 23 until it abuts stop 33 on housing 11.
tion to provide a batter mechanism which imparts a feel
Housing 11 includes a top 11a removable from the
ing of weight for the miniature bat to the human con
body of the housing 11 to provide access to the Work
testant thereby enabling him to control the bat from
parts. The top is fastened to the housing body, pref
ready or battery position to follow-through position with 35 ing
erably made of pliable plastic, by pressing stirrups 35
a greater sensitivity than heretofore found in miniature
carried by top 11a into registry with bosses 37 protruding
baseball games.
from the sides of the housing body 11.
To accomplish this object a coil spring is provided
Although I have described the present invention in
which normally biases the bat in “ready” or “battery” 40 some detail for purposes of illustration and example, it
position requiring the contestant to swing the bat against
is understood that various changes and modi?cations may
spring tension. ,The spring tends to slow the swing of
be practiced within the spirit of the invention.
the bat permitting the contestant to time his swing to
I claim:
“bunt” or “pull” the ball to right or left ?eld. Addi
1. A batter assembly for playing a ball game by mov
tionally, the ?gurine can be made to waggle the bat at 45 ing a player unit to hit a miniature ball comprising: a
the pitcher in an attempt to confuse him.
game board; a housing attached to the underside of said
A feature and advantage of the invention resides in the
game board; a ?gurine pivotally mounted in said hous
fact that when the batter’s swing is completed, the spring
ing through said game board and holding a downwardly
mechanism will return the bat to ready position thereby
outwardly inclining bat; a batter driving mechanism in
clearing the third base line and allowing for plays be 50 said housing; a manually actuatable knob attached to said
tween third base and home plate.
housing and associated with said driving mechanism for
Another object and advantage of the present invention
movement of said ?gurine and bat from a cooked to a
is to provide a batter mechanism arranged to prevent the
follow-through position; a spring attached to said drive
human contestant from unrealistically hitting home runs
mechanism and a stationary part of said housing; said
at will. Accordingly, the manually actuated turnknob 55 spring normally biasing said ?gurine and bat in cocked
is connected to a pinion gear which meshes with and ro
position whereby the bat is rotated from cocked to fol
tates a large gear attached to the pivotal ?gurine. This
low-through position against spring tension and is re
gear arrangement causes the rate of rotation of the bat
ter to be substantially less than the rate of rotation of the
turnknob. Accordingly, the human contestant must learn
to coordinate these different rates of rotation if the bat is
to deliver a home-run swing. This coordination requires
a measure of skill and prevents the ability to hit home
runs at Wiil. '
In the drawings:
FIG. 1 is a side elevation view partially broken away
of a batter assembly of the present invention mounted
in a game board.
FIG. 2 is a top plan view partially broken away of
the embodiment of FIG. 1 in which the ?gurine is not
Referring now more particularly to the drawings, the
turned from follow-through to cocked position by spring
tension when said turnknob is released.
2. A batter assembly for attachment to a game board
for playing a game of miniature baseball comprising: a
housing mountable to the.underside of said game board;
said housing having an upper cylindrical portion adapted
to pass through an aperture formed in the game board;
65 a ?gurine simulating a baseball player holding an out
wardly-downwardly inclining baseball bat; said ?gurine
‘having a cylindrical base portion for registry with the
cylindrical portion of said housing at a point co-planar
with the upper surface of said game board; an axle ver
tically depending from the cylindrical base portion; a
toothed gear in said housing attached to said axle; a pin
ion in meshed engagement with said gear; a manually
actuatable turnknob rotatably mounted on the underside
of said gear and gear sector being dimensioned such
of said housing associated with said pinion; a compres
that rotation of said knob through a given degree of
sion spring having one end anchored to said gear and an
arcuate movement causes rotation of said ?gurine and
bat through a different and lesser degree of arcuate
other end anchored to the stationary housing normally
biasing said ?gurine and bat in cocked position; stop 5 movement.
means on said housing registrable with said gear to limit
the degree of arcuate movement of said ?gurine to cor
respond with the normal swing of a human baseball bat
3. A batter assembly according to claim 1 and Where 10
in said driving mechanism comprises: a gear sector at
tached to said ?gurine and a gear attached to said 'knob,
said gear sector and gear being horizontally disposed
in meshed engagement with each other and the diameters
References Cited in the ?le of this patent
Mattoni ____________ __ Nov. 19, 1912
Grimes ______________ __ Nov. 19, 1918
Rojahn ____________ __ May 29, 1934
Allen ______________ __ July 17, 1934
Mitchell _____________ __ Dec. 19, 1950
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