1949 Bally Heavy Hitter Pinball Arcade Game Restored

1949 Bally Heavy Hitter Pinball Arcade Game Restored
1949 Bally Heavy Hitter Pinball Arcade Game Restored
Location: Castaic, CA
Serial Number: 2241
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A very nice fully restored game, that is 100% functioning. Restored in 2009. Comes with a rare stand that matches the game colors, made of hard wood.

One player. Small pitch and bat, 32.5" long by 15" wide by 55" tall with the floor stand. Backglass running man unit uses five 5/8" steel balls. and one 5/8" ball for the playfield. Top glass size is 26" x 14" x 3/16".

Despite its small size (15" x 27" footprint). It's fun because of its very fast play. The pitched ball is done automatically and quickly by the game, not by a player pressing a button to pitch (unlike the later 1950s Williams pitch and bats). The bat is powerful, and can really kick the ball up the playfield (it is common for the ball to bounce and hit the top glass). There are two reostats inside the game to adjust the pitching power and bat power.

Heavy Hitter also has an vertical running man unit in the backbox. One of five 5/8" steel ball moves from base to base as a hit is generated. When a ball moves from third base to home, the ball closes a switch, which generates a run on the lighted score backglass. The single 5/8" ball on the playfield goes into the hole scoring playfield registering the hit or an out. The game does not allow for multiple inning; three outs and the game is over.

Heavy Hitter was the first game to use the (1950s and later "standard") pitching flap and ball delivery. This used a mechanism to pitch the ball out from underneath the playfield, using a .008" thick spring steel flap to hide the playfield ball slot when the ball was on top of the playfield. This idea was invented and patented in 1946 by a Royal Oak, Michigan cab driver (Jimmy Keller), and he sold the invention to Bally.

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