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Interested in some summer projects for the kids and their friends? Try one of these--I've scooped them out of the U.S. Patent Office, and I think that a person could make any of the six games shown below with stuff from around the house (or thereabouts). Some will take a little effort, but I think that everything is here--simply save the images and print them out as a template--and then away you go. In each instance I have included the text from the original patent, describing how the game is to be played. Enjoy!
Miniature Baseball Game, 1910
UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE.
ALBERT J. KRtTG, OF SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA.
Specification of letters Patent. Patented Allg1. 23, 1910.
Application filed January 3, 1910. Serial No. 538,007.
The object of the invention is to provide a simple and inexpensive game apparatus, by means of which an entertaining and amusing game can be played by one or more persons, which involves the principles of the game of baseball, and can be ornamented in different ways, and with which different sets of rules can be employed. The invention consists in the novel construction and combination of parts, to be more fully described hereinafter and particularly set forth in the claims.
Reference is to be had to the accompanying drawings forming a part of this specification, in which similar characters of reference indicate corresponding parts in both views.
Figure 1 is a perspective view of an embodiment of my invention, showing the same in use; and Fig. 2 is a transverse section of the game • apparatus on the line 2—2 of Fig.l.
Before proceeding to a more detailed explanation of my invention, it should be clearly understood that while the apparatus and the game played therewith preferably involve the principle and theory of the game of baseball, commonly so-called, the apparatus can be used irrespective of the game of baseball, for purposes of amusement and entertainment.
Any suitable projectile can be used with the apparatus, though it consists preferably of- a spherical body, adapted to roll freely upon the game board. Markers or counters of different kinds can be employed as necessary, and these may have stamped or otherwise indicated thereon designations for the different players.
Certain of the_ details of construction form no part of the invention and can be varied in accordance with individual preference or special conditions, without departing from the underlying spirit of the invention.
Eeferring more particularly to the draw- 60 ings, I employ a board 10, fashioned from wood, cardboard, sheet metal, or the like, and preferably having a rim 11, extending upwardly around the edges of the board. While I have shown the board as of rectan- 6-5 gular form, this can be changed if so desired. The board has the upper surface 12, roughened in any convenient manner, so that the projectile 13, while able to roll upon the board, tends to stop sooner than if the sur- 70 face of the board were quite smooth, and also tends to remain at the point at which it has come to rest.
At one corner the rim 11 is cut away, and at this corner the board has a depression 14. 75 An inclined chute 15, having an upright or support 16, is used with the board, and has the lower end arranged at the depression 14, as is shown most clearly in Fig. 1. The projectile is allowed to travel down the 80 chute 15 and on to the board. In. this way the projectile is caused to advance across the board for the purposes of the game, as will.appear hereinafter. If so desired, any other means for advancing the projectile can 85 be used with the apparatus.
At the corner of the board at which the rim is cut away, is marked a subdivision A, thereupon, which preferably has the surface smooth, as distinguished from the roughened 90 surface of the remainder of the board. A wall or barrier consisting of two angularly disposed parts B, extends inwardly from the rim across the subdivision A. The parts B of the barrier are preferably at right an- '5 gles with respect to each other, and are separated. Deflecting wings C are arranged at the inner ends of the barrier parts B, and between the same, forming openings in the barrier, through which the projectile 13 can 1*0 pass, and serving to direct it to different parts of the board. The wings C are arranged at angles with respect to each other and diverge outwardly from the corner adjacent to which the barrier is located. 105
As is shown in Fig. 1, the board has other subdivisions D, E, F, G and H, indicated thereon by suitable lines of damarcation. The subdivisions are of different sizes and are preferably arranged as shown. 119
Numerals I indicating values, or words J indicating penalties, are painted, stamped or otherwise indicated upon the various subdivisions of the board. These numerals and words may be arbitrarily chosen, or, as is shown for example herein, may consist of 5 expressions used with the game of baseball. The subdivision D of the board preferably has the word " Out" indicated thereon. This word likewise appears upon the subdivision A, at the side of the barrier adjacent to the subdivision D. At the other side of the barrier appears the word " Strike." The subdivisions E, F, G and H have respectively the numerals 1, 2, 3 and 4 thereon. Suitable counters 17, consisting, for instance, of disks having figures or letters indicated thereon are used in connection with the game. This may be played for example as follows: The players in turn take the projectile 13 and permit it to roll down the inclined chute 15, and thereby attempt to direct it through an opening in the barrier. If the projectile fails to pass through the barrier, and remains at the side thereof, adjacent, to the chute, this counts one "strike" against the operator. Three of these "strikes." in accordance with the rules of baseball, constitute an "out." If the projectile passes through the openings of the barrier, but remains within the confines of the subdivisions A or D. this also counts one "out" against the operator. The number of " outs" necessary to eliminate a player temporarily may be arbitrarily chosen. The subdivisions having the numerical values indicate respectively 1, 2 and 3 "base hits," and "home runs." Thus, if the projectile stops at one of the divisions E it counts a "base hit" for the player; if in the division 2, a tAvo " base hit," etc.
The counters can be used to indicate the runners; for example, if a player has a runner at third base, as a result of a three "base hit" and thereupon makes a one " base hit," the runner is brought home, and one run is counted for him.
The divisions may be assigned other arbitrarily chosen values, or values depending upon the rules of other games. If so desired, penalties or rewards can also be assigned to certain of the subdivisions.
Having thus described my invention, I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent:
1. A game apparatus, comprising a board 55 having a barrier presenting a gap, wings mounted in said gap, to form divergent openings, and means for advancing a projectile from one side of said barrier to the other side thereof, through one of said 60 openings.
2. A game apparatus comprising a board having a rim, said board including a plurality of subdivisions having different values, a barrier extending partly across 65 said board and having a plurality of divergent wings forming openings, and means for directing a projectile toward said barrier to permit it to travel through one of said openings, said board at opposite sides of 70 said barrier having indicated thereon expressions indicating penalties.
3. A game apparatus, comprising a board having a rim, said rim being cut away at one corner of said board, a Avail extending 75 across the aboA*e-mentioned corner and consisting of tAvo angularly disposed, spaced parts, deflecting wings between the spaced ends of said parts, and means for directing a projectile betAA7een said wings.
4. A game apparatus, comprising a board of angular form having a rim encompassing the same, said rim being cut away at one corner of said board, a barrier arranged near the above-mentioned corner of said 85 board and consisting of spaced parts angularly disposed with respect to each .other, and each extending from said rim inwardly of said board, deflecting wings positioned betAveen the spaced inner ends of said parts 90 of said barrier, and means for directing a projectile betAveen said wings, said board, at opposite sides of said barrier, having indicated thereon expressions representing values. 95
Dexterity Baseball Game, 1907
Rules and ways of play:
Specification of Letters Patent.
Application filed May 28,1907. Serial No, 376,108.
Patented Av.g. 20,1907.
To all whom it may concern:
Be it known, that I, Irven J. Roberts, a citizen of the United States, and a resident of the city and county of Philadelphia, State of Pennsylvania, have invented 5 certain new and useful Improvements in Base-Ball _-Gte,me Apparatus, of which the following is a full, clear, and exact description, reference being had to the accompanying drawings, of which— '^Figure 1 is a plan view of the portion of my appa10 ratus upon which the successive plays are made and indicated. Fig. 2 is a plan view of a portion of the •'apparatus (in this instance, the lid of the box containing the other portion shown in Fig. 1),- upon which is shpwn a base-ball fi.eld together with pins indicating, 15 the different positions of the players. Fig, 3 is a section on the line x—<c, Fig. 1, through the box and rotating disk showing the indicator bar with its movable ^pointer in elevation. Fig. 4 is a medial section through the indicator .bar and movable pointer. Fig. 5 is a 2(5. perspective of the movable pointer detached. Fig. 6 . is a perspective of one of the pins representing the players.
The object of this invention is to provide an appa-. ratus with which the game of base-ball may be played, 25 and to this end the invention consists, primarily, in the combination, with a disk of an indicator in suitable juxtaposition and radially extending .with relation to said disk, and which disk is rotatable with respect to said indicator, the indicator being divided into por30 tions corresponding with the various conditions of men on bases that may occur in a base-ball game; and the disk is divided into circular portions by concentric circles; ^Mch cuvtdar portions are in line respectively . •? ith the divisions of the indicator, and which circular 35 portions are divided radially into sections in which "are indicated various plays that may be made in the game. Mounted upon the indicator is a movable pointer which may be brought opposite the corresponding circular divisions of the -disk, for a purpose 40 hereinafter appearing.
The invention further consi'^slrrcertairrdetails and combinations hereinafter pointed out.
In the drawings, 1 i i box or support having mounted therein, upon a journal, 2, a horizontal disk, 3, which 45 underlies a radial indicator bar, 4, extending from the side of said box, or rather, in this instance, from a shelf or plate, 5, secured to said box, as seen in Figs. 1 and 3. The radial indicator bapis, -as seen in Fig. 1, divided by horizontal lines into divisions marked respectively, 50 "0—1, 12—-123—13—3—32—2", which divisions .correspond with the various positions of men oh. bases in a base-ball g: me. For instance, "0" means no one on base, whereas " 123" means all the bases are full, &c. ; • The upper surface oi the disk, 3, is closely contiguous 55 to the lower surface of the indicator bar, 4, and is divided into circular divisions by concentric circles, 6,
:as seen in Fig. 1; said circular divisions corresponding with and being in line respectively with the divisions of the indicator bar, 4. Said circular portions are divided by radial lines, 7, into divisions or sections of 60 such number (40 in the present instance), as may be necessary to affoid indications for the different plays in the ga^ae t6 be played thereon, a's hereinafter set forth. Each of the said divisions of said circular portions is provided with characters or letters indicating 65 plays in the game of base-ball, as shown in Fig. 1. The various plays are so distributed through said divisions that substantially any play that may occur in the game of base-ball inay also occur in the use of my apparatus
I have shown on the disk illustrated in the draw- 70 ings, various arbitrary characters having meanings in accordance with the following key, to wit:—
A. B. Attempt bunt, counts a strike. Three strikes and out.
A. D. S. Attempt double steal, out stealing from 75 3rd. home, safe at 2ud. from 1st., a strike to the batter. Ball thrown .from pitcher to catcher, to 2nd., & home.
B. Bunt, batter to 1st, runners advance a base.
Blk. Balk, batter to 1st, runners advance a base. 80 B. B. Block ball, ball handled by an outsider, due
to a wHd throw of a batted ground ball to outfield,
batter to 2nd, runners advance two bases.
B. H. Base hit, batter and runners advance as many
bases as shown, thus 1 B. H. 2 B. H. 3 B. H. 85
B. 0. Batting, out of order, batter out, balls and strikes called charged to the proper batsman following.
C. 0. B. Caught off base, runner out at base shown, caught off by pitcher or catcher, as shown by No. If 90 by catcher, charge ball to batter.
D. P. Double play, due to ground hit ball, runners out advancing on force to bases shown by No.
D'. S. Double steal, a strike to batter, safe stealing to 2nd from first, scoring on steal home from 3rd. Ball 95 thrown from pitcher to catcher, to 2nd and home too late to make an out.
F. 0. Fair catch, fly hit caught put, batter put.
Fl. C. Foul catch, foul hit caught out, batter out.
Fl. S. Foul strike, batter out for batting out of po- 100 sition.
Fl. T. Foul tip, caught direct from bat, •'• triV ?.
F. 0. R. Fielder obstructing runner, „ , p ition shown, runner entitled to base to which he was advancing. . 105
G. H. F. Ground hit fumbled, batter to 1st, runners advance if forced.
G. H. 0. Ground hit out, runner or batter out at base shown.
H. P. B. Hit by pitched ball, batter to first others 110 advance if forced.
3. R. Home run, runners and batter all score.
Baseball Game with Marble, 1883
HOKACE B. McCOOL, OF POTTSVILLE, PENNSYLVANIA. GAME APPARATUS TO IMITATE BASE-BALL.
SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 270,963, dated January 33, 18S3.
Application filed November 21, 1882. (No model.)
To all whom it may concern:
Be it known that I, Horace B. Mccool, a citizen of the United States, residing at Pottsville, in the county of Schuylkill and State of 5 Pennsylvania, have invented a new and useful Game Apparatus to Imitate Base-Ball, of which the following is a specification.
My invention relates to games played for amusement, commonly knowD as board
io games," and my object is to provide an apparatus with which the game of base-ball may be played indoors by a single person or any number of persons. I attain my object by means of the device shown in the accompanying drawing.
To construct my apparatus I take a board of suitable size, the top of which is level, and on its sides and ends I secure strips of wood or other suitable material, which project above the top of the said board, giving it the appearance of a shallow box without a lid. The top of this board I lay off in representation of a base-ball field, showing the infield, outfield, bases, position of players, and I divide the whole surface into spaces, each of which represents some point in the game. The sides K . K and the ends H and H', projecting above the top of the board, form an inclosed space, as will be readily seen. On one end of the board, representing the extreme outfield, I affix a device for playing the ball, which is represented at A. To do this I secure the yoke E to the end H, as shown. The yoke has an opening, F', to allow the end of the plunger B to pass through. The plunger B has a shoulder or collar, D, and I place an elastic washer between this shoulder or collar and the end H to deaden noise and prevent battering the end H. I place a spiral spring, C, on the plunger B, as shown, one end of it resting against the shoulder or collar I) and the other against the inside of the yoke E. The plunger B may be made of any shape desired; but I prefer to have it represent a base-ball bat, as the use of a bat is an important factor in a game of baseball. On the track between the bases, just beyond the first, second, and third bases, I show thepointssupposed to be occupied by the baserunners, X. The positions of the fielders and other players are all shown in the drawing. 50 Counters to represent base'-runners may be used on the board, if so desired, the score and result of the game being written down or scored on a score-card.
To operate or play the game, the plunger B 55 is pulled back, which compresses the spring 0. The ball A is placed in position on the board directly in front of the end of the plunger, and the plunger is released. The ball is struck and rolls over the board, striking the end H', 60 and bounding around the field until its force is spent. The division or space on which it rests is the point of the game made by the player. If the ball rests on the space marked "out s. s.," the player is scored out and short- 65 stop given credit for the out on the score-card. If it rests on space marked "ball" or "strike," it is so scored, and the ball is played again, and so continued until the game is played out.
I do not confine myself to any particular di- 70 vision or marking of spaces on the board, as any combination of plays may be represented at will; or the spaces may be so marked that an easy game or a hard game may be played. Any and all points in the game may be shown 75 and played by arranging or marking the spaces suitably.
The ordinary rules applying to a regular game of base-ball, or special rules adapted to the wishes of the players, may be used. 8o
This game differs from other board-games in the fact that it is an actual representation (so far as a board-game can be made) of an outdoor sport, givingindetail the playsand points of the real game, and holding the attention of 85 the players faithfully.
What I claim as iny invention, and desire to secure by Letters Patent, is—
1. In a game apparatus for playing baseball, a representation of a ball-field so marked 90 and divided as to show the position of players, bases, and the plays and points in the game, as set forth.
2. In a game apparatus for playing baseball, the representation of a ball-field, showing 95 the position of players and bases, and having the field divided into spaces or divisions, each space indicating some play or point in the game, in connection with a ball and a device for forcing or shooting the ball over the said field, as shown and set forth. 3. In a game apparatus for playing base5 ball, the combination of the representation of a ball-field, as herein described, having sides K K and ends H and H', and the device for shooting or forcing the ball over the field, consisting of the plunger B, having shoulder or collar J), washer E, spring G, and yokeF, with, the ball A, all arranged and constructed as herein shown and set forth.
HORACE B. McCOOL.
Baseball Game, 1907
Wood & Marble Baseball Game, 1889
United States Patent Office.
DAVID STANGEE, OF GLASSBOEO, NEW JEESEY.
SPECIFICATION' forming part of Letters Patent No. 757,976, dated April 19, 1904.
Application filed November 11,1903. Serial Ho, 180,693. (No model.)
To all ivJtoln it may concern:
Beitknownthatl, David Stangee, acitizen of the United States, and a resident of Glassboro, in the county of Gloucester, in the State 5 of New Jersey, have made certain new and useful Improvements in Game - Boards, of which the following is a specification.
This invention relates to that class of gameboards comprising a table having an inclined
10 top with projecting pins, ball-receiving pockets, and side alley-ways.
The invention consists in the peculiar arrangement of projecting pins, ball-receiving pockets, and other features shown in the accompanying drawings, all as will hereinafter be fully described, the novel features being pointed out in the subjoined claims.
The special object of my invention is to provide a game-board of such construction and arrangement as to admit of the game of baseball being played thereon and the making of a complete score from the game, such as the record of the outdoor game of ball. In the drawings, Figure 1 is a plan view with one of the levers L broken away. Fig. 2 is a longitudinal vertical section taken on line 2 2 of Fig. 1. Fig. 3 is a similar view taken on line 3 3 of Fig. 1; and Fig. 4 is a plan view of the bottom board, showing the ball-conveying grooves. •
In the practice of my invention I employ a suitable table A and support it on suitable legs B in an inclined position, as shown by Fig. 2. In the manufacture of my improved game-table the legs B may be rigidly secured thereto or be adapted to fold in any obvious or well-known way. Along the edges of my game-board I provide a flange C. Upon the table at its elevated end a curved shoulder D is arranged, for the purpose as will appear farther on. E indicates sided alley-ways formed by the flanges C and suitable flanges F, which extend from the lower end of the board or table A upwardly thereon to near the mark or character G, leaving an opening H, as shown in Fig. 1 of my drawings. I indicates the outline representation of a base-ball diamond, with bases 1, 2, 3, and 4,
5° the latter being the home base, as will be understood. At each base a socket J is provided, through which a pin K is made to project in representation of players at the bat and baserunners. I may or may not have a pin K at the home base; but when it is so provided the' 55 pin will be supported and adapted for operation by means substantially the same in construction as the levers, &c., shown for operating the pins at bases 1, 2, and 3. It will be noticed that the pins K are supported by le'- 60 vers L, having suitable hinge action on posts" M on the under side of the board. The other end of the lever L from its pin end is extended beyond the lower end of the board A, as at N, providing a handle whereby the lever L may 65 be worked to project its pin K, representing a man on that base, and for retracting the pin, as will be understood. The projecting or handle portion N of the lever L is arranged in-a guide O, provided with any suitable friction 70 or other means adapted to hold it adjusted down or up, as with the pin K, projecting through its socket J, indicating a man on the base or retracted from indicating position. It will be noticed that the face or upper side 75 of my game-board has a series of projecting pins P and numerous pockets or openings Q therethrough adapted to receive and afford passage-way for a ball projected up the alleyways E should it be caught by the open-top 80 cage-like arrangement of pins R around the several pockets Q. (See Fig. 1.) The upper- . most pockets Q are located in curved order. All other pockets Q are located on the diamond and in the field, as shown, and all the 85 pockets are marked, indicating well-known plays in the game of base-ball.
Near the lower end of the board I provide an elongated court S, open at its upper end and closed at its lower end. The court's lower 90 end is reduced, forming a trap T, provided with a contracted entrance U. In the trap portion T of the court S, I arrange a bell V, which when struck by the ball will be sounded, indicating a home run. In the court S pockets 95 W are located one at opposite sides of the trap-portion entrance and a series of them higher up in the court and ranging from side to side thereof, as shown.
Along the bottom edge of my game-board 100
I provide a series of connected pockets X, formed by recesses in the bottom edge board, and pins Y, as shown in Fig. 1. The courtpockets W and the pockets X are also marked, 5 indicating plays, as will be understood.
In connection with all the pocket-openings through the board a peculiar ball-trap a is employed. Each said trap is constructed of an arm 5, having one end turned upwardly and formed into an open-bottom cup-shaped socket G. The cup-shaped end c is counterbalanced by a suitable weight d on the other end of the arm 1). The said arm has free oscillating support on a suitable hanger e, depending from the under side of the board, as shown in Fig. 2. In connection with the socket end of the arm 5 an ejector / is employed and the same located dependingly from the under side of the board near the pocket opening therethrough. (See Fig. 2.) The ejector is constructed so to act in having its free end g turned or curved upwardly adapted to enter the opening in the ball-socket c when that end of the arm is tilted down by weight of the ball, and thereby eject the ball, as indicated by the dotted position of parts shown in Fig. 2. A spaced lower board h is employed adapted to catch a ball passing through any one of the pocket-openings and guide it to the lower end of the game-board into a suitable trough *. It will be noticed that the upper side of the board h is provided with a series of grooves &, ranging along to and opening into the trough *', as shown in Fig, 4. It will be further noticed that the grooves are arranged to catch and conduct balls only passing through the pocket-openings indicating the same play. • In further carrying out my invention the trough i is divided into a series of compartments m, with one thereof at the delivery end of each groove ~k and adapted to 'catch and hold the delivered ball. The compartments m are marked correspondingly with the pocket-openings from which the -grooves de• liver, as will be understood upon reference to Figs. 1 and 4 of my drawings. In playing a game of base7ball on my gameboard the first player shoots the ball with a
5° bat or cue from the lower end of the alleyway. Should it be projected past the mark G, roll down the board and enter a pocket Q marked 1 B, the play is considered as a base on hits. The extended end N of the proper lever L is now pushed down, whereby the first-base pin K is made to project through its opening J, denoting a runner or player on first base. A ball entering the pocket marked B B count as a base on balls, moving the base-runners along only when forced. Pockets marked H P indicate as hit by a pitched ball, and count the same as the pockets B B, and so on with all the pockets, as will be understood by persons acquainted with the game of base-ball and the scoring of the- several plays in the game. The pins K when projecting are intended to denote a runner on that base." The working of the pins K to projected or retracted position in the game will be understood. 70
By means of the ball-traps a the game is made difficult, since their sockets c are intended to be of a depth .sufficient only to catch and hold a ball when it is rolling slowly down the board; otherwise the pocket end of 75 the trap will effect bridging action, whereby the ball is caused to cross over or jump the pocket-opening and continue rolling down the board.
The elongated court S and the trap T at its So lower end render the game as played on my board interesting and more difficult. Its pocket-openings are marked 2 B and 3 B, indicating well-known plays. Should the projected ball be stopped against a pin and does 8 5 not go into any pocket, the play is counted as a base on balls and a pin projected at first base or advanced therefrom, as will be understood.
Having thus described my invention, what 90 I claim as new, and desire to secure by Letters Patent, is—
1. The hereinbefore-described game-board having suitable support, in combination, side flanges and alley-ways, the latter having open- 95 ings at their upper ends, a curved -shoulder
at the upper end of the board, the representation of a base-ball diamond on the board, having bases with socket-openings through the board, an upper series of pocket - openings 100 through the board,-ranging from side to side thereof, numerous similar lower pocket-openings through the board, yielding ball-trapping means in each said pocket-opening, having upper cup-shaped sides adapted to catch 105 the rolling ball and for releasing it upon yielding action thereof, an elongated opentop court near the lower end of the board, a trap at and closing the lower end of the said court, a bell in the trap-shaped lower end of no the court, pockets along the lower end of the board, numerous standing pins on the face of the board, small open-top courts 'around the pocket - openings through the board, and means on the under side of the board adapted 115 for conveying balls passing through the pocket-opening, to the lower end of the gameboard, substantially as described.
2. In combination with the hereinbeforedescribed game-board, having side alley-ways, 120 the representation of a base-ball diamond, sockets at each base and adjustable pins therein, numerous pocket-openings through the board, standing pins on the facefof the board, an enlarged court at the lower end of the 125 board, small courts around the said pocketopenings, and pockets along the lower end of the board, of yielding traps at each pocketopening through the board, consisting of a tilting arm, weighted at one end, and having 130
Circular Baseball Game, Elegant Construction from 1949
Rules for play
Application October 4,1944, Serial No. 557,068
2 Claims. (Cl. 273—93)
This invention relates to a baseball game apparatus and has particularly to do with a game which combines the use of the standard playing card deck with a novel combination of apparatus and indicia. It is an object of the present invention to provide a game which calls to mind the various plays that take place in a baseball game and in which the element of skill is supplanted by the use of chance in the turning up of playing cards. Other objects and features of the invention relating to the details of construction will be found in the following description and claims.
In the drawings:
Pig. 1 is a plan view of one embodiment of the apparatus that may be used in playing of the game showing indicia thereon. Fig. 2 is a sectional view on line 2—2 of Pig. 1. Pig. 3 is a plan view of the lower portion of the apparatus showing the indicia thereon. Fig. 4 shows playing cards as they may be arranged on a table for turning and the playing of the game: any other suitable arrangement may be used at the discretion of players. Fig. 5 shows a baseball score pad. Fig. 6 shows a diamond layout. Fig. 7 illustrates a marker representing base runners to be used on the diamond layout. Three of these markers are required.
One embodiment of the invention shown in the drawings consists of two superposed discs 10 and 11 pivoted together at 12 for relative rotation. The lower disc is sectorially divided and in each sector is indicated a baseball play such as a home run or a foul in the stands, double play, a strike or a ball. The upper disc is sectorially divided but also annularly divided and in the divisions are found playing card designations. A sectoral opening 13 is formed in the upper disc 10 positioned and dimensioned to expose one at a time the sectoral divisions of the lower disc II.
Certain cards in a playing deck are designated as hit cards and certain cards are designated as strike cards or ball cards. In the outer annular divisions of the top disc 10 hit cards are marked or indicated. In the inner sectoral divisions other cards are designated and these may be called play consummation or "cover" cards. In the device illustrated the following designations have been made:
a. Any 2 or 3 is a strike and requires no "cover" card.
b. Any 6, 7, 8, 9 is a ball and also requires no "cover" card.
c. All 4's and 5's are foul balls which have been hit by the batter and these cards do require a "cover" card which is placed directly over the first card, and the play discovered by
5. use of the dials 10 and II which will interpret the play that has been indicated.
d. All aces except the ace of spades are also foul balls and require a "cover" card and reference to the dials 10 and 11.
10 e. All 10, J, Q, K cards and the ace of spades
are "hit" cards and each one requires a "cover"
card to complete the play, which will be revealed
by the dials.
/. The deck is never cut except at the start
15 of the game to determine which one of the players is "home" team, and at those certain times when
1. Relief hurler is put into the game.
2. Pinch hitter is used by offensive team.
20 3. When men are on base or a hit card is exposed, and the cards have been dealt except for the last card (which is not played) and the entire two packs are again shuffled preparatory to continuing the play—then the offense has the right for a straight cut of the deck in order to eliminate any chance of a favorable "fix" of the top card or cards.
In the playing of the game a perforation 15 in lower disc 11 is arranged to correspond with annularly positioned perforations 16 registering with each sectoral division of the top disc 10. After the cards are shuffled and the deck has been cut to determine which player represents the home team, the person who represents the 3g fielding team will turn up cards one at a time. As shown on disc 10 when any two or three is turned up in pitching to the batter, a movement of the top disc 10 will result whereby the sector indicated 17 will be shifted to the hole 15. The sectoral opening 13 will be shifted so that it falls over the sectoral division 18 of disc 11. See Fig. 3. This indicates a strike. Similarly, if any 6, 1, 8 or 9 is turned up in pitching to the batter the sectoral opening 13 will register the sec 4.5 toral division !9 of Fig. 3, thus calling for a ball. If any 4 or 5 is turned up, as the first card of a a play, in pitching to the batter, as indicated in the annular division 20 of Pig. 1, then another card must be turned up to indicate how the play is consummated. Assuming that a S is turned up. If the following card, which may be called a "cover" card, is an ace the sectoral division 21 will be shifted to correspond to the hole 15 and sectoral opening 13 will correspond with sectoral division 22 of Fig. 3 indicating a foul fly out.