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On this day: December 30

Published On: Dec 08 2013 11:57:10 PM CST   Updated On: Dec 30 2013 01:00:00 AM CST

Rasputin is murdered, the Soviet Union is formed, California's first freeway opens, Ted Bundy escapes for the second time, George Harrison is attacked, and Saddam Hussein is executed, all on this day.

OTD December 30 - Sandy Koufax
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1935: Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax, the first three-time Cy Young winner and the first major leaguer to pitch four no-hitters, is born in Brooklyn, N.Y. Koufax pitched 12 seasons for the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers, leading the team to World Series titles in 1955, 1959, 1963 and 1965, earning World Series MVP honors in 1963 and 1965. His career was cut short at age 30 due to arthritis in his elbow, with his last game coming Oct. 2, 1966, in the World Series. He compiled a career record of 165-87 with a 2.76 and, despite his relatively short career, his 2,396 career strikeouts ranked seventh all-time as of his retirement.

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