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Body of Missing Executive Found; Nolan Ryan's Close Call With History

June 19, 2009 |  8:00 am


June 18, 1959, Peanuts

June 18, 1959, the introduction of Charlie Brown's sister Sally begins a story line  about the the births of children that quickly turns dark.

June 19, 1979, Peanuts

June 19, 1979: In 20 years, "Peanuts" has become a sitcom, mildly amusing in a nonthreatening way.

June 19, 1979, Metro

June 19, 1979: The body of Victor J. Weiss is found in the trunk of his Rolls-Royce in a North Hollywood parking structure. Note the bylines: Bob Rawitch, Bill Boyarsky, Steve Harvey, Tom Paegel, Kris Lindgren, Paul Jacobs, Bruce Keppel ...  and Kevin Roderick!

Notice that we referred to Supervisor Yvonne Brathwaite Burke as "Mrs. Burke" on second reference and in headlines. Wow.

June 19, 1979, Sports Nolan Ryan flirted with history again.

He came within five outs of pitching his fifth career no-hitter, which would have broken his tie with the Dodgers' Sandy Koufax for the most in a career. Oscar Gamble singled with one out in the eighth inning to break up the gem. Ryan settled for a two-hitter and a 5-0 victory over Texas at Anaheim Stadium.

It was not Ryan's first close call trying for his fifth no-hitter. He was 9-3, with two two-hitters and another two three-hitters.

"Any time to get that close to it you think about it," he told The Times' Mark Heisler. "I'd be lying to you if I told you that wasn't true."

Ryan's catcher, Tom Donohue, called the game his greatest thrill in baseball, which made him quite a bit more excited than Ryan. "He's been through it," Donohue said. "I never caught a no-hitter."

--Keith Thursby