Toys of the Seventies, Johnny Bench Batter Up

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Baseball batter practice game. Metal pole stationed to ground with concrete base. Baseball was attached to a rod taht swung horizontally around pole. Elastic band swund baseball back to you after you hit it.
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david - April 19, 2008 - Report this comment
I'll take if you still have it...dvdr0505 yahoo
p. cook - September 18, 2008 - Report this comment
This was set up in my backyard. As a kid, I can remember using it all the time. I improved my hitting significantly, and was consistantly one of the power hitters in little league. Hi batting average, most home runs, traveling team selection every year. I can't know if it was due to this machine, but I believe it may have been. Either way I think of it with great affection. Now that I have kids who play, I wish it was still avaliable.
Rich - March 16, 2010 - Report this comment
Had it as a kid and practiced constantly. I am now retired after 15 year career in the Majors...just kidding. It did help and was alot of fun. Just purchased the modern version for the kids that you velcro around the lolly colum in the garage.
kathy - November 19, 2010 - Report this comment
we have one, our neighbor invented it, but we have run out of the rubber bands, anyone have them. an inner tube works but not as well.
Steve - March 12, 2015 - Report this comment
My father-in-law was the inventor, now 91. He built it to help coach little league. Originally called the solo ball, I have a copy of the patent. I also have home movies of the prototypes, marketing material (signed Johnny Bench photo) and an original in the box.
Charles - May 16, 2015 - Report this comment
My dad bought one, during the winter after my first year of baseball with a pitcher. The next year, we crushed the ball, and thats the truth. It made a huge difference with a level swing.

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