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Former Cards Pitcher Bob Forsch Dead at 61

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Former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Bob Forsch, shown in this October 28, 2011 file photo, is dead at age 61 from an apparent heart attack at his Florida home on November 3, 2011. Forsch, who  pitched in St. Louis for all but one of his 16 seasons, collapsed and died suddenly from an aneurysm in his upper chest. Forsch threw out the first pitch before Game 7 of the World Series just one week ago. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Bob Forsch, shown in this October 28, 2011 file photo, is dead at age 61 from an apparent heart attack at his Florida home on November 3, 2011. Forsch, who pitched in St. Louis for all but one of his 16 seasons, collapsed and died suddenly from an aneurysm in his upper chest. Forsch threw out the first pitch before Game 7 of the World Series just one week ago. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — Former Cardinals pitcher Bob Forsch, the only Cardinal to throw two no hitters, has died.

Forsch, who was 61 years old, collapsed Thursday night at his Tampa Bay area home. He apparently suffered an aneurysm in his upper chest.

The St. Louis Cardinals issued this statement:

“We are deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Bob Forsch,” Cardinals Chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. said, “Bob was a one of the best pitchers in the history of our organization and a valued member of the Cardinals family.”

Last Friday Forsch was in St. Louis, throwing out the first pitch before World Series game 7.

<< Photo gallery of Bob Forsch>>

Forsch played for the Cardinals from 1974 through 1988. His 163 wins rank him behind only Bob Gibson and Jesse Haines on the team’s all time win list. He finished his career with the Houston Astros. Over his 16 seasons in the majors, he compiled 168 wins, 1,133 strikeouts, and a 3.76 earned run average.

Forsch threw the only no hitters in Busch Stadium II history. The first against the Philadelphia Phillies on April 16, 1978. The second on September 26, 1983 against the Montreal Expos.

Forsch was currently the pitching coach for the Billings Mustangs, the rookie affiliate for the Cincinnati Reds.

Extra Content:
Sound from the night Forsch threw his second no hitter

Former Cardinals great Bob Forsch talked Cardinals baseball with KMOX’s John Hancock.


Forsch Talked with Charlie Brennan October 20th about the St. Louis Cardinals World Series run

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