Year: 1947

Manufacturer: Bally

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Heavy Hitter Pitch n’ Bat Baseball Game *


Heavy Hitter, by Bally Mfg. was made from 1947 – 1949 and was a very popular, one player, small pitch and bat game measuring 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. Heavy Hitter was either a countertop game, or a floor game (using its metal stand, though for the first month of production, Heavy Hitter had a *wood* floor stand). The stand seems to be missing on many of the Heavy Hitters today, but not the case here on this unit as it includes the original wood floor stand.

Despite its small size (15″ x 27″ footprint), the 1947-1949 Bally Heavy Hitter is a *great* game 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).

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.

This Heavy Hitter we are offering is in original condition and has been recently serviced by one of our electro-mechanical technicians. It works perfectly and takes a nickel to start each game. The backglass and playing surface are in remarkable condition, while the exterior although solid does show wear from it’s age.

Rare opportunity to own this very fun and entertaining piece of coin-op history.