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Big League, 1965

Features: Hanging targets (7). The 'Team Standing' scores in the backglass are horizontal score reels. Backglass light animation (men run around bases). 3 outs ends game, per player.
Manufacturer: Chicago Coin Machine Manufacturing Company (1932-1977)
Date of Manufacture: April, 1965
Players: April, 1965 / 2
Year: 1965
Model Number: 317
Theme: Sports - Baseball
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Machine Type: Electro-mechanical (EM) 
Notes: This game was available in Free Play and Novelty models. We previously listed the name of this 1965 game as "Big League Baseball" and it may be listed that way in other pinball resources. However, the word "Baseball" does not appear as part of the name on the game itself or in any flyers or ads that we have seen. A picture-less teaser ad appeared in The Billboard, Apr-24-1965, page 55, and reported that "the product is called Big League" as per Chicago Coin's director of sales. They stated in the issue dated May-5-1965, page 46, that the game had been introduced to the industry in the week before. The manufacturer's flyer and all Billboard and Cash Box advertisements that we can find show the Novelty Model. It has these features: • Backglass has three drapes of bunting along the top. • Backglass has no replay window below middle drape or anywhere else. • Backglass shows 'Chicago Coin' to left of game name and '2-Player' to right of name. • Backbox side art shows a baseball in motion. • Cabinet side art shows multiple drapes of bunting. • Cabinet front shows bunting. • Coin door is single-slot for 10 cents. All the games pictured in this listing are the Replay Model which has these features: • Backglass has a single drape of bunting along the top. • Backglass has a replay window below the drape. • Backglass shows 'Chicago Coin' above game name and the words '2-Player' are not present. • Backbox side art shows a baseball player catching a ball. • Cabinet side art shows a baseball player sliding into home plate. • Cabinet front shows a baseball on each side of coin door. • Coin door is double-slot for 10 cents and 25 cents. We are seeking your hi-res photographs of the Novelty model of this game, photographed inside and out, including Instruction Card close-ups and any labels inside the game that show operator options. If your documentation indicates Novelty only, please contact us. We are also seeking your hi-res photographs of the inside of the Replay model of this game, including any labels inside the game that show operator options that might give choice of Replay or Extended Play or Novelty Play. We are seeking any manufacturer documentation for either model. If you have a schematic diagram for either model, we ask to know which model you have and the model number indicated on the schematic, if present.
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