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On this day: May 15

Published On: May 14 2013 12:56:09 PM CDT   Updated On: May 15 2013 01:00:00 AM CDT

Las Vegas is founded, Mickey Mouse makes his screen debut, the Soviets begin withdrawing from Afghanistan, and a 16-year-old sailor completes her solo around-the-world journey, all on this day.

OTD May 15 - John Smoltz
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U.S. Air Force photo/Don Peek

1967: Baseball pitcher John Smoltz, the only pitcher in major-league history to top both 200 wins and 150 saves, is born in Warren, Mich. Smoltz is best known for the 20 years he spent with the Atlanta Braves, during which time he earned eight All-Star selections, won the Cy Young Award in 1996, and a World Series championship in 1995. He started out his career as a starting pitcher but was converted to a reliever in 2001 following elbow surgery, becoming the Braves' closer for four seasons before returning to the starting rotation. Smoltz, who joined the 3,000 strikeout club in 2008, finished off his career splitting the 2009 season with the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals.

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