The Pitcher's Battle Table Top Vintage Pinball Baseball Game, 1935

The Pitcher's Battle Table Top Vintage Pinball Baseball Game, 1935
The Pitcher's Battle Table Top Vintage Pinball Baseball Game, 1935
The Pitcher's Battle Table Top Vintage Pinball Baseball Game, 1935
The Pitcher's Battle Table Top Vintage Pinball Baseball Game, 1935

The Pitcher's Battle Table Top Vintage Pinball Baseball Game, 1935
As baseball novelties grew in popularity, Michigan native Robert Kollmorgen capitalized on the local Detroit market as he produced in his small workshop this pinball-style tabletop baseball game during the Tigers 1935 championship campaign. Entitled The Pitchers Battle and patented on July 30, 1935, this 14 x 23-3/4 oval-shaped amusement features a black-and-white action portrait of Tigers hurler Tommy Bridges. The frame is made of thin-gauge aluminum, and is totally intact. The wooden backboard is decorated with lithographed paper (please note tear in paper just below the pinwheel) on which the ball (when launched by the wooden plunger) can go in any one of (11) marked destinations. A series of vintage nails serve as pylons to help direct the path of a marble or ball bearing after it speeds down the sides and rounded corners. The bottom is home to a wooden pinwheel with dimples to facilitate base runner tracking. On the back, the original support brace is intact and in nice shape.

Given the patent date, Kollmorgen proved quite the soothsayer, as the Tigers went on to win the 1935 World Series in which Bridges notched two complete-game victories. Kollmorgen later obtained contracts from an additional five Major Leaguers, but with materials scarce during World War II, no additional games were made.

This relic is fully functional and shows amazing preservation, with less-than-normal wear and tear for an item of its age. One original ball bearing is included (along with several new replacement ball bearings), but easy-to-find agate marbles of the same size would also work well. I have seen only 1 other listing comparable to this one in the last several years; probably 2011.

I judge it to be extremely rare. Please refer to the several photographs included, as they will help you judge the overall condition. The item "The Pitcher's Battle Table Top Vintage Pinball Baseball Game, 1935" is in sale since Sunday, December 2, 2018. This item is in the category "Sports Mem, Cards & Fan Shop\Vintage Sports Memorabilia\Baseballs". The seller is "bandbtc" and is located in Marblehead, Massachusetts. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South africa, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Viet nam.
The Pitcher's Battle Table Top Vintage Pinball Baseball Game, 1935


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