I have made some tables shown below to list the baseball games electro mechanical assemblies and units during the running man era. This is to help find substitute motors or workable replacement parts to get our games moving again. It has other general information that I picked up that may be useful about the games of the period. The motor tables are separated for 45/50 volt operating machines and 24/27 volt operating games. The other assembly tables are split the same only so it is comparable by game and year.
The key for substitute motors for me is the gearing output RPM’s that needs to be approximately matched.
The operation torque requirements dictate whether the motor coil is a standard or a heavy duty version. What this means if you substitute a smaller frame coil motor with the correct geared RPM's and voltage for a larger frame coil (heavy duty) motor it will work. This will probably mean the coil if played continuously may burn out eventually. However, we don’t usually play our games this way so the smaller coiled motors will last for a long time.
The pitching and target motors had originally larger motor frame coils. So try to find a larger coil motor as a replacement if you can. If not the small frame coil will work is the message.
The following three tables indicate the motors used in 45/50 volt and 24/27 volt games from 1951 thru 1973.
The Bat lever; has changed four (4) times between 1951 and 1966. The final B-5625 bat lever mechanism was introduced on the 1958 Deluxe Short Stop and the base Hit 1967 was the last I believe. After this Williams went for a simple button idea. I like the levers better.
The following tables indicate the different batting mechanisms on games during the running man era.
With these tables I am able to substitute motors that will work in my pitching units and understand which parts I will need to find for the particular game I am restoring. I hope this information helps you as much as it helped me.