1976 SSPC #2 – Tom House (Braves / Red Sox)

1976 SSPC #2 Tom House

Tom House… was a relief pitcher for 8 years in the majors, but that’s the least of what he’s known for. On April 8, 1974, House was in the bullpen and caught Hank Aaron’s 715th home run. After his pitching career, House was the pitching coach for the Texas Rangers and introduced some unconventional techniques, including having pitchers throw a football as a drill.  Whenever you see a junk wax era card of Rangers pitchers throwing a football, that’s Tom House behind that.

He continues to work with pitchers as well as some big-name quarterbacks.

As a left-handed reliever, House pitched for the Braves, Red Sox and Mariners, going 29-23 with 33 saves and a 3.79 ERA

In 1976, Tom House… pitched for the Red Sox after having been traded straight-up for Rogelio Moret.  He made 36 appearances and finished with a 4.33 ERA and a 1.328 WHIP.

Shea-o-meter: Many of the photos in 1976 SSPC were taken in Shea Stadium; Every team came through Shea because the Yankees were temporarily playing in Shea while Yankee Stadium was being renovated. “Can two Major League teams share a ballpark without driving each other crazy?”

This photo was taken in Shea, near the 1st base dugout
Shea: 43
Pretty sure it’s Shea: 7
Can’t tell: 10
Not Shea: 6

SSPC vs. Topps: Tom House appeared in the 1976 Topps set as a Brave, and was airbrushed into an iridescent Red Sox cap for the Traded set.

1976 SSPC #2 Tom House back

4 thoughts on “1976 SSPC #2 – Tom House (Braves / Red Sox)

  1. Curly hair and an awesome mustache was a popular look among pitchers in that era. You should ad a curly hair/mustache count to the Is It Shea tally.

    • That’s a fine idea… If I get a chance to go back and review what I’ve already posted, I’ll add that to the mix.

      I find it interesting that in the early/mid 1970’s, curly hair, aviator glasses and a mustache were some degree of cool… and it wasn’t very much afterwards that you throw a Hawaiian shirt into the mix and you’ve got ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic.

  2. “Can two Major League teams share a ballpark without driving each other crazy?”

    I think one of the highlight films that year used that very premise…

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