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President Carter to Address Energy Crisis; Nolan Ryan Misses No-Hitter

July 14, 1979, Cover

July 14, 1979: The Carter administration's energy crisis... gasoline shortages ... Los Angeles County deputies are ordered back to work after a two-day sickout ... and Gov. Brown trims the budget by vetoing raises for state employees.

July 14, 1979, Sports In his final season with the Angels, Nolan Ryan flirted more than once with a fifth no-hitter. Against the Yankees, he lasted until the ninth when Reggie Jackson singled.

This would have been a controversial no-hitter since Jim Spencer's liner to center in the eighth was ruled an error on center fielder Rick Miller. The Yankees were furious and even Angel general manager Buzzie Bavasi told official scorer Dick Miller of the Herard-Examiner, "There's no doubt about what it was."

Baseball doesn't use newspaper reporters as official scorers anymore and that's probably a good thing for all concerned.

--Keith Thursby

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