Bob Forsch, the only St. Louis Cardinal to throw two no-hitters and the third-winningest Cardinal pitcher ever, died Thursday after collapsing in his Florida home, the team and MLB.com reported.
Forsch‚Äôs death came six days after the 61-year-old threw the ceremonial first pitch at the seventh and deciding game of the World Series in St. Louis. The Cardinals won their 11th championship that night, defeating the Texas Rangers 6-2.
"Having been with Bob just last week, we are all stunned by this news," Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. said in a Cardinals news release.
‚ÄúBob was one of the best pitchers in the history of our organization and a valued member of the Cardinals family," DeWitt said.
Forsch‚Äôs wife said that early indications were that he had suffered an aneurysm in his chest, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
He most recently was a pitching coach with the Billings (Montana) Mustangs, the Rookie League affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds.
Forsch compiled a 168-136 record and a 3.76 earned-run average in 16 Major League Baseball seasons, from 1974 to 1989. He played all but his final year in St. Louis, ending his career with the Houston Astros.
He won a World Series with the Cardinals in 1982.
His no-hitters came against the Philadelphia Phillies in 1978 and the Montreal Expos in 1983. He was one of only 28 pitchers to have more than one no-hitter, according to the Cardinals.
The Billings Gazette reported that Forsch was out of baseball for 20 years until the Reds gave him the coaching job in the Montana city in 2009.
‚ÄúI always told myself that I‚Äôd get back into it,‚ÄĚ Forsch told the Gazette in 2010. ‚ÄúI planned to take a couple years off and then get back into baseball, but I found out that summers are really nice to spend with the family. My kids grew and went their own way, and I was home watching baseball and I thought, ‚ÄėI think it‚Äôs time.‚Äô ‚ÄĚ