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Bonus Baseball, 1962

Features: Ramps (3). The ramps are unpainted metal. Has fast and slow pitch. Replays given for Runs and Bonus scores. Player is spotted 10 Bases at start of game. Additional Bases are earned via playfield action. Ball falling into Bonus playfield pocket adds existing Bases Score value to Bonus Score. Bases Score value does not reset, but continues to grow throughout game.
Manufacturer: United Manufacturing Company, of Chicago, Illinois, USA (1942-1962)
Date of Manufacture: February, 1962
Players: February, 1962 / 1
Year: 1962
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Theme: Sports - Baseball
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Machine Type: Electro-mechanical (EM) 
Notes: According to Billboard, United announced this game for sale in mid-February 1962. All of the Billboard picture ads that we found show the game with wood rails. A manufacturer ad from Cash Box magazine (shown here) dated Mar-17-1962 has text indicating the game has chrome side rails even though the accompanying picture still shows wood rails. In that same magazine issue, United announced the addition of chrome side rails to this game. It appears United made a quick business decision soon after this game came out, perhaps a response to Williams Manufacturing’s recent conversion to metal side rails on their bat games as seen on their '1962 World Series' which had debuted in January. The pictures we have of United’s game show their thin-looking metal rails are nailed directly onto the wood rails, not as impressive as the solidly attached wide trim that Williams had done. It appears that United was lagging behind competitively on this development. We searched Billboard through May 1962 but found no picture ads after March and no further mention after April. 'Bonus Baseball' is the last bat game from this manufacturer. Per Billboard Sep-12-1964 (pages 1, 38, and 42) United's amusement machine assets were purchased by the Seeburg Corporation which had already purchased Williams Electronics Manufacturing Corporation earlier the same year. United's corporate entity remained intact, continuing with its manufacture of U.S. Government contract products. Williams continued to produce shuffle alleys under the United name until the early 1980s.
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