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1935 "Pitcher's Battle" Tabletop Pinball Game

Lot Number 409

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As baseball novelties grew in popularity, Michigan native Robert Kollmorgen capitalized in his regional market at the height of "The Great Depression", by providing a much needed diversion with this pinball style tabletop game during the Detroit Tigers 1935 championship campaign. Titled “Pitcher’s Battle” with a patent date of "July 30, 1935," this 14 x 23-5/8 x 1” oval-shaped amusement features a pitching action image of Tigers ace hurler Tommy Bridges. The wood playing surface is laid out with a lithographed surface of outcomes and ornate decorative elements serving as the playing field for glass “baseballs” launched by a wooden plunger. The balls travel through an obstacle course of metal rails and nail pylons that seem designed to reward those with a deft touch, while leaving the heavy-handed frustrated. A wooden pinwheel at bottom with dimpled ends accepts marbles to track basepath progress. Affixed to the game’s reverse is an original instruction sheet with bits of surface loss that compromise small sections of the printed text. Given the patent date noted above, manufacturer Kollmorgen proved a reliable prognosticator, as the Tigers went on to win the 1935 World Series, with Bridges earning two complete game victories to help overcome the Chicago Cubs in six games. After repeated “testing” by an easily amused H&S staff member, it has been determined that this vintage pastime “rocks”.

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