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Don't like your team's catcher? Try this.
2006-04-11 18:06
by Bob Timmermann

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has a publication called Prologue which has an about NARA resources about baseball.

Inside the article is a drawing for Patent #755,209, "Base Ball Catcher", a device which was supposed to keep a catcher from having to hurt his hands while catching the ball.

The expression on the catcher's face in the patent drawing is the best part.

2006-04-11 18:25:14
1.   capdodger
How does that catcher throw?
2006-04-11 18:27:08
2.   Bob Timmermann
I think his inability to throw explains the tortured look on his face.

"Help! I'm being held prisoner in a cage by an insane inventor!"

2006-04-11 18:42:16
3.   Ken Arneson
I don't think he can throw much worse than Jason Kendall did last year.
2006-04-11 19:18:52
4.   das411
That damn box is probably a better clutch hitter than Mike Lieberthal too...grr...
2006-04-12 06:03:33
5.   Sliced Bread
Despite its cumbersome cage construction, the J.E. Bennett Base Ball Catcher contraption was far more effective than the J.E. Bennett First Base Scarecrow, Patent # 755,208, engineered to keep runners off first.
2006-04-12 07:43:01
6.   Shaun P
In the old days, you had to submit an actual working model of your invention to the PTO when you wanted to patent it. The PTO used to - I think they still do - have some of the models on display. Too bad that no such model was sent in for the catcher's device, at least according to page from the patent Bob linked to above.
2006-04-12 08:46:24
7.   Bob Timmermann
After 1880, you didn't have to send in a model of your patent.

This probably keeps the USPTO from filling up with even more junk than it has now.

2006-04-12 11:00:12
8.   Linkmeister
So Yeager probably infringed on the patent when he dreamed up that throat flap (see part #10 in the drawing).
2006-04-12 14:37:46
9.   Shaun P
Ah 8, but the patent would have long since expired by the time Yeager's throat flap came along.

It could have served as anticipatory prior art had Yeager tried to patent his throat flap. If an examiner would actually have found it, which is debatable.

Bob re: 7 - I am a patent attorney, and your last sentence is much truer than I like to think about.

2006-04-12 15:58:28
10.   Bob Timmermann
So Yeager and Buhler didn't apply for a patent?
2006-04-12 16:23:49
11.   Jose Habib
So is the idea that the ball hits the swinging cage doors, pushes them open, hits the pad behind them, and then drops out the little pipe on the bottom? I wonder what the purpose of the wider frame around the cage is. I would make the bottom of the thing funnel-shaped so the catcher wouldn't have to dance around to make the ball come out the hole, like a big version of those games that you have to tilt so the little marble goes in the hole.
2006-04-12 16:54:24
12.   Bob Timmermann
I read the whole description and the tube at the bottom where the ball comes out isn't open. The ball would come to rest and there is a cut away portion of the tube where you would stick your hand in to get the ball.

When the doors of the cage are open, supposedly the pressure of the ball closes the doors behind them.

At least that's what I think it says.

You can view the whole patent at

Enter the patent number as: 0755209

2006-04-13 09:15:26
13.   Shaun P
Bob re 10 - I did a quick search and could not find an issued patent on it. So, probably not, though if someone can prove me wrong, I'd be very happy to be proven wrong.

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