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Tom House: the baseball eccentric who teaches Tom Brady how to throw

Former Braves pitcher Tom House was better known as the man who caught Hank Aaron’s home run. But then he started to theorize – and now two of the star quarterbacks in this weekend’s NFL title games swear by him

High above the baseball field at USC a pitching Buddha sits in an office surrounded by his computers and printouts, on the search always for a new wrinkle, a different way. Baseball fears Tom House’s influence. Golf loves his theories. Football is intrigued by his methods. And two of the star quarterbacks in this weekend’s NFL title games swear by him.

Tom Brady and Carson Palmer are among the many passers who walk up the drive named for Mark McGwire, climb the stairs and step into the small office House shares with his handful of associates. They listen as he explained how he spliced their throwing motions into hundredths of seconds and identified flaws invisible to the human eye, which can only see 32 frames a second. Then they let him fix their multi-million dollar throwing motions.

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