Cardinals’ Bob Forsch, Dies at 61; Pitched in 3 World Series

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Post  youxieshi on Sat Nov 05, 2011 10:10 am

Bob Forsch, who threw two no-hitters and won 163 games for St. Louis, more than any other Cardinals pitcher except the Hall of Famers Bob Gibson and Jesse Haines, died Thursday at his home near Tampa, Fla. He was 61.

His death, which was reported on the Cardinals’ Web site, came less cheap jerseys than a week after Forsch threw the ceremonial first pitch before the seventh game of the World Series, in which the Cardinals defeated the Texas Rangers in St. Louis. No cause of death was specified.

A lanky right-hander — he was 6 feet 4 inches and weighed about 200 pounds — Forsch was a durable innings-eater who became a fixture in the rotation for a Cardinals team that went to three World Series (winning once, in 1982) in his 15 years with them.

A control specialist who averaged fewer than three walks per game for his wholesale jerseys career, he had neither a blazing fastball nor befuddling breaking stuff, and he was never an All-Star, but he was capable of sterling performances. He was one of fewer than 30 pitchers to have thrown more than one no-hitter. His first was against the Philadelphia Phillies in 1978; five seasons later he no-hit the Montreal Expos.

Forsch’s World Series record was 1-3, but his overall postseason record was 3-4, and in the 1982 National League Championship series he threw a shutout against the Atlanta Braves.

Forsch was known for his savvy, tenacity and competitive fire, qualities that made him the kind of pitcher that is always in short supply: a reliable starter. In 10 seasons, he started more than 30 games; in seven he pitched more than 200 innings. He reached double figures in victories cheap jerseys 11 times; he won at least 15 games three times; and in his best year, 1977, he won 20 and lost only 7.

His career won-lost record was 168-136, with an earned run average of 3.76. Having begun his professional baseball life as a third baseman, he was also, for a pitcher, a good hitter. He slugged 12 home runs in his career and batted higher than .290 in three seasons.

Like Matty Alou, the batting champion who died this week, Forsch was part of a baseball brother act. Ken Forsch, four years his senior, pitched 16 years in the big leagues, winning 114 games for the Houston Astros and the California Angels.

Although their victory total, 282, trails far behind those of brother cheap nfl jerseys tandems like Phil and Joe Niekro (539) and Jim and Gaylord Perry (529), the Forsch brothers won more games than Dizzy and Paul Dean (200). And after Ken held the Atlanta Braves without a hit in 1979, the Forsches became the only pair of brothers in baseball history to each toss an official no-hitter.

Robert Herbert Forsch was born in Sacramento on Jan. 13, 1950. He was acquired by the Cardinals in the amateur draft of 1968 and started in the organization as an infielder before beginning the transition to the mound in 1970. He made his major league debut in 1974 and pitched for the Cardinals until 1988. He finished his career with the Houston Astros the next year.

For the last three seasons, he was the pitching coach for the Billings Mustangs, a minor league affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds.
In addition to his brother Ken, who was until recently the assistant general manager of the Los Angeles Angels, his survivors include his wife, Janice, and two daughters, Amy and Kristin.


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