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Lee Smith

Lee Smith (born December 4, 1957) is an American former pitcher in professional baseball who played 18 years in Major League Baseball (MLB) for eight teams. A native of Jamestown, Louisiana, Smith was selected by the Chicago Cubs in the 1975 MLB draft. In 1991, he set a National League (NL) record with 47 saves for the St. Louis Cardinals, and was runner-up for the league's Cy Young Award; it was the second of three times Smith led the NL in saves, and he later led the American League in saves once. At his retirement, he held the major league record for career games finished (802) and was third in games pitched (1,022). He still holds the record for career saves for the Cubs (180) and held the same record for the Cardinals (160) until 2006. After his playing career, Smith worked as a pitching instructor in Minor League Baseball for the San Francisco Giants. He served as the pitching coach for the South Africa national baseball team in the World Baseball Classics of 2006 and 2009. (Full article...)

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A Streichmelodion at the Met Museum
A Streichmelodion at the Met Museum
  • ... that the Streichmelodion (pictured) was once described as being "more like a frying pan than a musical instrument"?
  • ... that Stanley J. Korsmeyer published over 250 scientific papers, 23 of which were cited over 500 times?
  • ... that a 1902 plan called for a town to be built in Dukes Meadows that would have been known as Burlingwick?
  • ... that Bernardo Adam Ferrero wrote compositions such as Danzas alicantinas for Spanish civil and military bands that he conducted?
  • ... that the Chicago Bears media guide had an asterisk next to the result of the Instant Replay Game for 10 years, noting the team's belief that the game was decided incorrectly?
  • ... that Cheng Dan'an is "widely considered the father of modern acupuncture"?
  • ... that in one experiment in which moor frogs were frozen solid to −16 °C (3 °F) and then thawed, a small percentage survived?
  • ... that several murals from New York City's Hotel McAlpin were reinstalled in the subway after being found in a dumpster?

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Hazel MacKaye

Hazel MacKaye (1880–1944) was an American theater professional and suffragist. She is best known for helping present a series of pageants in support of women's suffrage. The organizers of the Woman Suffrage Procession, planned for March 3, 1913 (just prior to President Woodrow Wilson's inauguration), in Washington, D.C., asked MacKaye to create a pageant for the event. Titled Allegory and produced by Glenna Smith Tinnin, it was presented on the steps of the Treasury Building as the culmination of the event. The pageant was praised as "one of the most impressively beautiful spectacles ever staged in this country" in The New York Times. This photograph of MacKaye holding a dog was taken in 1915 by the photographic studio Harris & Ewing.

Photograph credit: Harris & Ewing; restored by Adam Cuerden

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