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1960 Williams "Deluxe Official Baseball"
Started: April 2002
Finished: July 2004



Tucked away in the back of the Willows Arcade in Salem MA. This classic Williams Baseball Game sat awaiting restoration. The Willows is one of those arcades that not only updates their arcade the newest hi-tech games, but is also proud of their roots and still owns and operates many classic antique arcade games. As the newer games came in, many of the older games were taken out. Some were sold, or in the case of this Williams Deluxe Official Baseball, some are put away in storage so the arcade can rotate their collection of classics. Unfortunately during this machines life in storage, someone decided to use parts from it to make other games continue to run.

Upon my initial inspection of the machine one of the first things I found was a sign inside the coin door that said "For Parts Only," This was a good indication of the work that was ahead of me. Next I found that the pitching motor assembly had been removed. Having the whole assembly missing really presented a problem, due to the fact that no other pitching assembly from any other Williams’s pitch and bat game will work. The most common pitching assembly used by Williams basically had a motor that attached to a cam, and then a lever is attached to that cam. When the motor and cam turn, the lever pushes the ball up a ramp that is covered by a metal flap. The ball hits the flap in turn causing it to rises, and the ball shoots down the playfield. In a Williams Deluxe Official Baseball, The ball is lifted up a small elevator, and then pushed out to a little figurine of an umpire. The ball then falls into a spoon that is attached to a figure of a pitcher. When the ball is pitched, the pitcher flings the ball down the playfield, then the process is repeated for the next ball.
1960 Williams Official Baseball Backglass
1960 Williams Official Baseball


I went back to the Willows arcade and told about this predicament. They said I could look through all the parts they have, and took me up to their parts storage to see what we could find. After less than 30 minutes of searching, we found not only one, but TWO pitching assemblies! They were missing the motors and motor brackets, but otherwise looked to be complete. I tried to install a motor from another Williams pitch and bat, but ran into a small problem. The motor bracket witch can only fit one way was backward. I needed one that was an exact mirror image. Using the original one as a guide I had a metal shop make the correct one. Now with the motor mounted, I tried to pitch the first ball, unfortunately I ran into another problem. Seems the motor that Williams used in the Deluxe Official baseball, turns in the opposite direction than all their other games, so the motor I was using for another game wouldn't work. I decided that I would disassemble the motor and install the coil backwards, making the motor turn the other way. I carefully drilled out all the rivets, and disassembled the motor. While I had it apart I cleaned and greased all the gearing. Then put the whole thing back together. This time pitching a ball was very successful, this time the pitching motor worked flawlessly.

The next problem I had was the fact that from sitting for many years everything that had been greased had turned to a sticky mess. None of the score reels would turn, as well as any of the stepper units. I took apart each one, soaking each part in cleaner, then reassembling, and adjusting each one. Six score reels and five stepping units later I had most of the features of the machine working again. The last thing I found that needed to be rebuilt was the bat assembly. Aside from the fact that the whole assembly was a sticky greasy mess, was the fact that someone had rewired the bat assembly to use a different coil. I ordered a new coil from The Pinball Resource, and following the games schematics I repaired the wiring.


At this point I had the game working pretty fairly smoothly. I fine-tuned all the bugs out of it, and enjoyed a few test games. Now it was time to improve the cosmetic condition of the game. One of the most noticeable things that needed to be cleaned up was the rusty coin door. I took the door and its frame off the machine it and had it sand blasted removing all the old paint and rust then painted it with a hammer tone gray color.

The original red legs for the machine were missing, so I located a used set of red Williams’s Pinball legs. They were a bit rough so I sanded and I repainted them red to match the edge of the control panel. There were a few spots of the cabinet that needed to be touched up. I had some paint I had specially mixed to match the green cabinet color. I installed all new light bulbs, and even made new defuses for the playfield lamps. Lastly the finishing touch, I ordered, painted, and installed new figures for the playfield from "The Workshop Of Norman Greene." They make a full set of reproduction men for the game.

I dropped off the finished game Monday the 19 th of July 2004, and the machine was immediately placed on the arcade floor for many future generations to enjoy.

1960 Williams Official Baseball
Photo Galery
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Williams Deluxe Official Baseball Before
Overall Machine
-Before-
Williams Deluxe Official Baseball After
Overall Machine
-After-
Backbox before
Backbox
-before-
Backbox After
Backbox
-after-


Playfeild Before
Playfeild
-Before-
Playfeild After
Playfeild
-After-
Control Panel Before
Control Panel
-before-
Control Panel After
Control Panel
-after-


Dirty Electroincs
Electronics
Before
Clean Electronics
Electronics
After
Dirty Cabinet
Inside Cabinet
Before
Clean Cabinet
Inside Cabinet
After


New Reproduction Baseball Men
Brand New Baseball Men
Primed Baseball Men
A coat of primer
Painted Baseball Men
Ready to install
Rebuilt Pitching Unit
Rebuilt Pitching Unit


Scrubbing Bubbles!
Cleaning in Action!

Clean/Dirty
Before and After
New Playfield Lamp Defusers
New Playfield Lamp Defusers

New Playfield Lamp Defusers Installed
New Playfield Lamp Defusers
Installed


The Playfield
The Playfield
A Close up of the Playfeild
A Close up of the Playfeild
All Wrapped up.
All Wrapped up
Keep on Truckn'
Loaded and Ready to Go


Try It Out!
Delivered
Doug gives it a test run
On Location at the Willows
On Location
-The Salem Willows-
Score and Instruction Cards
Score and Instruction Cards
Sales Flyer
Sales Flyer


For More Information About William's "Deluxe Official Baseball" Vist: PinballHQ.com

Bat Coils are avalible through The Pinball Resource

Reproduction Backglasses by The Shay Arcade Group are avalible throught PinballPal.com

Reproduction Baseball Men Figures Are Avalible through:
The Workshop of Norman Greene
PO Box 7657
Berkeley, CA 94707
510-524-1109


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