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June 4, 1963
A. WAGNER
3,092,387’
BASKET BALL GAME
Filed April 20, 1962
2 Sheets-Sheet 1
INVENTOR.
ADELBERT WAG NER
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June 4, 1963
A. WAGN.ER
3,092,387
BASKET BALL GAME
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INVENTOR.
ADELBEFIT WAGNER
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3,092,387
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Patented June 4, 1963
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3,092,387
BASKET BALL GAME
Adelbert Wagner, Burlington, NJ” assignor to J. Chein
& Company, Burlington, NJ., a corporation of New
York
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Filed Apr. 20, 1962, Ser. No. 189,058
1 Claim. (Cl. 273-95)
This invention relates to simulated games and relates
more particularly to a novel game played with a ball 10
which the player, using appropriate skill, may eventually
edge is somewhat rearwardly curved, as shown in FIG. 1,
so as to generally center the ball as it is rolled up the in
clined surface.
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The side walls have a lower edge 20, an upwardly
and rearwardly inclined upper edge 21 and a rear, gen
erally vertical edge 22. These side walls ‘further have
recesses 24 receiving the opposed straight and curved
edges of the platen wherein they are suitably secured.
A basket structure is supported by an inverted U-shaped
wire frame 28 having forwardly extending diverging sec
tions 29 terminating in horizontal sections 30 received in
lodge in an elevated goal or “basket,” the game having
slots 31 in the side walls. These terminal sections can be
moved forwardly and rearwardly in the slotsv to an ad
Most simulated basket ball games provide a structure
justed, ?xed position for a purpose to be described and
requiring a considerable amount of space, making it 15 to facilitate moving it outwardly there is a slot 33 to re
some reference to the game of basket ball.
dif?cult to store in the home when not in use. A housing
ceive a screw driver or other tool.
with transparent or with mesh side walls is provided for
con?ning the ball and it has always been considered neces
sary to provide a considerable distance from the place
The basket 32 is shown as being of skeletal construc
tion and may be formed from molded plastic and has a
conical shape with a lower opening 34 for the ball to
where the ball is initially propelled, usually by some 20 pass through. Alternatively it may be a simple metal
percussion means, to the basket where it is eventually
ring with netting extending downwardly therefrom. The
received.
basket is supported by a backboard 36 provided with rear
An important object of the present invention is to pro
wardly extending brackets 38 which receive the horizontal
vide a novel game apparatus where the player manually
section of U-shaped frame 28‘. This section has an up
rolls a ball over an inclined platen, a portion of which is 25 wardly extending, central inverted U-shaped portion 39
curved upwardly with a reversely curved end section
which retains the basket in an upright position. A goal
which directs the ball back towards the player. Leaving
indicating mechanism may include a shaft 41 having an
the reversely curved platen the ball ?ies through the air
angular ?nger 42 underlying the basket causing the shaft
in the direction of the basket which it enters if the shot
to turn when a ball passes through the basket. The shaft
is skillfully initiated. Of importance is the fact that the 30 is journalled in a bracket 44. The counter mechanism
ball can seldom travel a Wild circuitous ?ight and in—
45 is conventional and has a re-set shaft 47.
evitably returns to the player whether a basket is scored
The platen has imprinted thereon the usual area mark
ings below the basket including a circle 50 and parallel
or not.
Another object of the invention is to provide a game
lines 51. It will be noted that the front edge 52 is on the
apparatus which eliminates the need for a closed housing
same plane as the table or other supporting surface on
to con?ne the ball during its sometimes erratic movement
which the game is mounted. Thus the ball 53‘ may be
since in the instant apparatus the ball always returns to
rolled from the forward section 14 of the platen or it
the same limited area from which the ball was originally
may be started from a position forwardly of‘this front
set in motion by the player.
edge which requires more skill to score a goal. In this
Yet another object of the invention is to provide a 40 connection it will be noted that this edge 52 projects
simulated basket ball game wherein the player actually
forwardly of the side walls 10-11. By moving the basket
handles the ball and which requires a greater measure of
skill to score a goal than is required with the games em
sockets 31 the dif?culty of lodging the ball in the basket is
ploying spring urged plungers or ball striking levers.
supporting frame further forwardly in its supporting
increased which adds to the interest in the game.
A further object of the invention is to provide a game 45
While there have been described herein what are at
of the character described wherein the goal can be easily
present considered preferred embodiments of the inven
adjusted as to position to increase or decrease the dif
tion, it will be obvious to those skilled in the art that
?culty in scoring a goal.
many modi?cations and changes may be made therein
In the drawing:
without departing from the essence of the invention. It
FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a game apparatus em
is therefore to be understood that the exemplary embodi
bodying the present invention.
ments are illustrative and not restrictive of the invention,
FIG. 2 is a longitudinal section taken through the ap
the scope of which is de?ned in the appended claim, and
paratus.
that all modi?cations that come within the meaning and
FIG. 3 is a front elevation with the basket structure
range of equivalency of the claim are intended to be in
55 cluded therein.
omitted.
FIG. 4 is a broken section taken on line 4-4 of
I claim:
FIG. 3.
A simulated basket ball game comprising, in combi
FIG. 5 is a broken section taken on line 5-5 of
nation:
FIG. 3.
(a) a platen having a smooth, unbroken surface over
The game apparatus includes a pair of opposed side 60
which a ball may be manually rolled rearwardly from
walls 10 and 11 and a curved platen 12 forming the play
a forward player’s position,
ing area which is supported by the side walls. This platen
(b) a pair of opposed side walls supporting the platen
may be made from wood or sheet metal or other sheet
and extending above the surface thereof over a major
material and has a generally ?at section 14-‘ extending
portion of its length, to initially con?ne the ball
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from the front of the apparatus and rearwardly over about
within the platen area during its rearward travel,
one-half its length and which may be inclined ‘upwardly
(0) said platen having a generally ?at forward area
a slight angle from the horizontal. From the end of this
‘which is slightly upwardly inclined and a rear sec
flat, upwardly inclined section the platen is curved with
a gradually increasing curvature, as shown at ‘16 and its
upper end terminates in a section 18 which is curved in 70
the direction of the front of the platen. The upper edge
19 and the section lying immediately below said upper
tion curving upwardly with an increasing degree of
curvature and terminating at its upper end in a sec
tion which is curved forwardly to direct the ball in
said direction,
(d) said upper end section being rearwardly curved in
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transverse section so as to cause the rolling ball to
remain generally in the central portion of the upper
end section,
(2) a raised basket element above the forward end of
the platen,
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the basket,
(g) an inverted U-shaped wire frame supporting the
backboard,
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(h) said side walls lhaving openings receiving and sup
porting the lower ends’ of said frame and permitting
forward and rearward movement thereof to an ad
justed, ?xed position,
(i) goal indicating means below the basket and inclucb
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(j) ‘and a counter aetuated by said lever.
References Cited in the ?le of this patent
UNITED STATES PATENTS
(f) a backboard on which the basket element is sup- ,
ported,
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ing a lever engaged by the ball as it passes through
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Bush ________________ __ Nov. 20,
Pierce ________________ __ Feb. 7,
Connors ______________ __ May 2,
Holmdahl ____________ __ Oct. 13,
Dunselth ____________ _- Mar. 15,
Androsiglio ___________ __ Feb. 28,
Johnston ____________ .._ May 22,
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