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March 26, 1963 G. L. KAUFFMAN ETAL 3,083,018 BATON BALL GAMES Filed Oct. 24, 1960 INVENTORS GLENN KAUFFMAN JOHN W. WILLIAMS ATTORNEY United States Patent 0 ’ cc 3,083,018 Patented Mar. 26, 1963 1 2 3,083,018 A plurality of cups 5 are provided for use with the body assembly, the cups being shown as formed with rela tively heavy [base portion 6 and transverse bore 7 to permit their arrangement on the bar sections. The bore BATON BALL GAMES Glenn L. Kau?'man, Manor Road, Front Royal, Va, and John W. Williams, Chester Gap, Va. Filed Oct. 24, 1960, Ser. No. 64,578 1 Claim. (Cl. 273-95) This invention relates to improvements in a baton ball game. 7 is of a diameter to permit a snug ?t on either bar sec tion, the snug ?t permitting a gripping action on its bar to thus permit adjustment therealong for the substiution of cups of di?’eren sizes or con?gurations. Any number of arrangements of cups may be provided The object of this invention is to provide an amuse 10 to satisfy the desire or ability of the player. In FIG. 1 ment device which includes means facilitating ?nger ex— the cups are shown reversed so that a pair of balls may ercise, eye exercise and in addition an interesting game be caught by rotation of the assembly in a single direc of skill. tion. In FIG. 2 the cups are reversed and permit an al More speci?cally the invention comprehends a structure ternate movement of the assembly. The halls may be including a plurality of spaced cups mounted on a cross 15 of any size with respect to the timer diameter of the cups, member, the cross member having intermediate its length i.e. the balls may ?t loosely in the cups or may have the a baton structure by means of which it may be rotated capacity of being temporarily retained therein by friction. for catching in the cups moving objects such as balls, the In use the structure will be manipulated by engaging latter after reception in the cups being retained therein the ?ngers about and around the cross bar 4, which initial by virtue of forces produced by the rotation of the device. 20 ly will be in the position of FIG. =1, i.e. with the cross bar Another object is to provide means for adjusting the 4 in a position of approximately thirty-?ve degrees from cups on the arms. of the cross member to satisfy the op the horizontal. The player will cause the assembly to erator. Another object is to provide for the mounting of any rotate and while rotating will toss or bounce balls vertical ly so that they will descend into the rotating cups. The number of cups along the cross member and at each side 25 form of the invention shown in FIG. 1 would provide of the medial baton structure so that any number of balls for the use of two ball-s which would be caught in the may be put into play commensurate with the amount of cups by the player as they descend after having been skill of the player. tossed or bounced in the air. In the form of the invention A further object of the invention is to provide a mount shown in FIG. 1 the ?rst ball having been caught in one ing for the cups on the cross arms of the assembly so that 30 cup will be retained therein while the player in attempting the cups may be reversed in position to thus require great to catch a ball in the second cup, the retention of the ball er skill in the operation of the baton structure. being due to the velocity of the spinning cup. These and other objects of the invention will more The same operation would occur in the use of the dis clearly hereinafter appear by reference to the accom closure of FIG. 5 or any other form contemplated by this panying drawings forming a part of the instant applica 7 application. In the disclosure of FIG. 5 four balls would tion and wherein like characters of reference designate be selectively tossed or bounced in the air and caught in the cups. As an alternate, the device could be oscillated with all of the cups in vertical position. In this instance FIG. 1 is a side elevation; the balls could be retained in their respective cups by FIG. 2 is a top plan view of an embodiment of the in 40 the skill of the player and the adjustment of the speed of vention in which the cups face in the same direction; movement of the assembly. On the other hand, the pro corresponding parts throughout the several views, in which: FIG. 3 is a vertical section of a cup showing a ball in position therein; FIG. 4 is a section taken on line 4-4 of FIG. 1; and FIG. 5 is a side elevation showing a multiple cup ar rangement. ' The present device embodies an assembly comprising a pair of bars or arms of a suitable plastic or light metal vision of the balls so that their diameter would be re tained by friction within the tapering cups may be an alternate arrangement. What we claim is: In a game apparatus including an annulus having a pair of axially aligned outwardly projecting arms, cup members having thickened base portions formed with of any suitable length, as for instance twenty-six inches. 50 transverse openings, said transverse openings and said Medially of the bars or arms is an annulus 1 having a arms being of such diameter so as to insure a snug fric suitable outer diameter, as for instance six inches. The bars or arms indicated by reference characters 2 and 3 are ?xed to and radiate from the annulus 1 in longi permit the longitudinal adjustment of said cups along tudinal alignment and at a position so that their axes intersect the axis of the annulus 1. A cross 'bar 4 is ?xed degrees from the horizontal connecting opposite sides of within the annulus 1 in a position of approximately thirty ?ve degrees from the horizontal, as shown in FIG. 1, and has a cross section appropriate for manipulation in the manner of a baton to cause a rotation or partial rotation 60 in either direction by the ?ngers of a player. Preferably the parts hereto described are molded as a. unit, although it will be obvious that the radiating arms or bars 2 and 3 may be removably secured to the annulus 1 to facilitate manufacture, packing or the substitution of 65 tional engagement of said arms by said openings and to said arms, and a crossbar arranged at approximately 325 the annulus and forming a hand hold therefor for man ually manipulating the same to position the cups for re ceiving untethered traveling articles therein. References Cited in the ?le of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS 2,181,236 2,414,063 Irwin _______________ __ Nov. 28, 1939 Rogers ________________ -_ Jan. 7, 1947 137,030 Austria ______________ __ Apr. 10, 1934 FOREIGN PATENTS these parts to permit the use of bar sections of different lengths.