304 North Cardinal St.
Dorchester Center, MA 02124
304 North Cardinal St.
Dorchester Center, MA 02124
Batters stand a short distance in front of the present invention, facing the pitcher, and bat pitches thrown at the backstop. This invention may also be used without a batter, such as for purposes of practicing pitching WIFFLE® and other plastic-baseball balls. In essence, the present invention provides an “umpire” in the calling passed ball vs wild pitch of “balls and strikes” for pitches during WIFFLE® ball games and tournaments while simultaneously serving as a backstop to facilitate the retrieval of pitches to expedite game play. Pitches outside the strikezone , or “balls,” are blocked by the backstop, which expedites the retrieval of such pitches by the batter.
A) The device of claim 1 has a strikezone target and backstop is specifically designed for use with pitched WIFFLE® balls. 5, the collapsible and coilable frame member 5 forms overlapping loops as it axially rotates over itself to enable it to be continuously coiled, becomes semi-elliptical in shape when fully unfurled. The collapsible and coilable frame member 5 is around twenty-five feet (25′) in total length , and is attached to the connector and connecting rods in its fully-assembled state by attachments at the ends and sides of the backstop 5. The resting position of the collapsible and coilable frame member resiliently urges it back towards the shape of the backstop’s perimeter at full assembly, as shown in FIGS.
The first star to appear on the Wiffle ball box in the early ’50s was Ted Williams. The last big leaguer to pitch the Wiffle ball was Rick Sutcliffe in the ’80s. In 1960, New York Yankee Pitcher Whitey Ford appeared in TV ads throwing a Wiffle ball against a plate glass window in order to show what the new ball would, and, thankfully, wouldn’t do. Sales only increased enough to cover cost of the ads, and the Wiffle ball hasn’t been advertised since.
After taping a hemisphere in which he had cut holes to one that was complete, he created a ball that was more heavily weighted on one side than the other. After many trips back to the kitchen table, the father-son team learned that the shape and placement of the holes , held the keys to altering the ball’s flight. Over the next few weeks father and son tested dozens of prototypes, all hand cut and taped together by the senior Mullany. A couple of years ago, I played a few rounds of whiffleball with my friends Ryan and Travis Lowdermilk. Travis went so far as to build a strike zone out of PVC and sheet metal, and it was an amazing amount of fun.
I knew that I didn’t want to have to cut the sheet metal. I’d do a poor job, and it was pretty close to the standard strike zone size, give or take an inch or two. This meant that I needed to make a PVC frame that would hold a 24″ x 36″ piece of metal, with a little space to give. I ended up setting my dimensions of the inside of the frame to be an inch larger in both directions, 25″ x 37″. The former pitcher surmised that if he made the ball lighter on one side, it would curve. With a razor blade and some tape, David sat down at his kitchen table and cut the round plastic moldings in half.
Therefore, the invention is not to be limited to minor details of the illustrated invention shown in the figures and that variations in such minor details will be apparent to one skilled in the art. While the description above contains many specifications, these should not be construed as limiting the scope of the invention, but merely providing illustrations of some of the presently preferred embodiments of this invention. 6 and 7, the ends of the base and sides of the backstop will be supported and balanced by two detachable lightweight connector-rod brace members 8 attached by the backstop’s attachments 6 for the detachable connector rods 8. The supporting connector rods are attached to the frame and backstop 1 by threading them through a series of attaching sleeve loop attachments 6 at the bottom and sides of the base.
Our strike zone was always a lawn chair set up against the side of our house. Years later we were still playing, having graduated to a new and bigger ball park––our high school parking lot. We were a little more official at that grander asphalt field, but the old lawn chair remained from our backyard days. The clank of the ball hitting the chair and the clack of the bat remain vivid memories of summers past. Although the present invention has been described in considerable detail with reference to certain preferred versions thereof, other versions are possible by converting the aforementioned construction. In any case, all such variations or modifications as well as others that may become apparent to those skilled in the art, are intended to be included within the spirit, scope and contemplation of the invention as defined by the appended claims.
All Bownet Portable Sports Nets and Goals have replaceable parts making it possible to keep your Bownet for a lifetime. The Wiffle Ball Inc., now run by Mullany’s two sons, David J. And Stephen, is unique in the toy/sporting goods business. The ball is an American-made product that has weathered an onslaught of lesser-quality copies from the Far East.
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