Home ownership is said to be a part of the 'American Dream' and I've lived that dream for just about twenty-three years now- all of them in the same dwelling. But a recent acquisition added not one, not two, but three (3!!) new Houses to my portfolio. No, they're not investment properties, nor winter homes, but autographs of former MLB pitcher Tom House.
House began his career in Atlanta, where he pitched from 1971 through the 1975 season. Tom enjoyed his best season as a pro while with the Braves in 1974- the same year he caught what is arguably the most famous home run ever hit, Hank Aaron's #715. The Braves traded the lefty to Boston in December of '75, where he pitched for one season before the expansion Seattle Mariners purchased his contract during the early part of the 1977 season. Tom would pitch for the expansion Mariners during their first two years and retired following the 1978 season.
After his playing days ended, House went into coaching, has ran camps and clinics for athletes and serves as an advisor for the American Sports Medicine Institute. He has also marketed a series of instructional videos for those in youth baseball and has authored or co-authored nineteen instructional books on the sport. One of his more interesting gigs came as a consultant and pitching coach for the reality show Million Dollar Arm, working with Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel, the two young prospects from India. Dr. House was portrayed by the late Bill Paxton in Disney's movie adaptation.
Not only are these two Houses a great addition to the portfolio (I gave the index card to a friend), but,- best of all- there will be no property taxes or insurance due every six months.