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1957 Baseball, 1957

Features: Ramps (3). The ramps are unpainted metal.
Manufacturer: Williams Manufacturing Company (1944-1958) [Trade Name: Williams]
Date of Manufacture: January, 1957
Players: January, 1957 / 1
Year: 1957
Model Number: 183
Theme: Sports - Baseball
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Machine Type: Electro-mechanical (EM) 
Notes: The schematic diagram shows this Model 183 is called "1957 Baseball" and has no replay or match mechanisms. The owner of the example pictured here obtained the game having in it the schematic for the replay version, Model 182, but confirmed the game's wiring is consistent with the schematic for Model 183. The pictures of the insides of the backbox show it has no provision for replays. Curiously, the backglass on this game has a replay window which obviously serves no purpose. In addition, this glass is missing both the manufacturer name and the date portion of the name (the '1957'). It is not likely that Williams would omit their brand name from any glass that left their factory. We are aware of one instance of an arcade operator (in Myrtle Beach) having purchased a row of these games (novelty and/or replay) for their location and having had special backglasses made for them, to omit the manufacturer name and, we suspect, omit the date as well so as to not make their investment age too quickly. Presumably, arcade operators in other locales could have done the same. The manufacturer's branded and dated backglass can be seen in the book Pinball An Illustrated History and in their promotional photo shown in this listing. Based on the above information, we can say that the game pictured here is the novelty play Model 183 but with one of these after-factory arcade backglasses from having once been in an arcade. The replay version of this game is Williams '1957 Baseball Deluxe'. This listing was previously titled "Deluxe Baseball 1957 New York".
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