Ex-Cardinals star dies days after ceremonial Game 7 pitch
Former Cardinal Bob Forsch throws out the ceremonial first pitch before Game 7 of the World Series in St. Louis on October 28.
November 4th, 2011
03:37 PM ET

Ex-Cardinals star dies days after ceremonial Game 7 pitch

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’s 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.

“Bob was one of the best pitchers in the history of our organization and a valued member of the Cardinals family," DeWitt said.

Forsch’s 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.

“I always told myself that I’d get back into it,” Forsch told the Gazette in 2010. “I 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, ‘I think it’s time.’ ”

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  1. weather people

    RIP. glad you were able to be under the big shining lights one last time.

    November 5, 2011 at 1:27 am | Report abuse |
  2. Thundercrunk

    as a kid i went to church w/ bob and was 11 years old when the cardinals won the world series in 1982. i always looked up to bob as a hero growing up and thought it was super cool to go to same church as cardinal player. i few years ago, i was heading up an escalator to my seats at a rams game and sure enough bob was right behind me. i shared a brief conversation w/ bob b4 heading on my way. i think its great bob got to hear the fans cheer for him 1 more time b4 his sudden death. R.I.P. mr forsch and i will pray for strength for this difficult time for the family.

    November 5, 2011 at 3:14 am | Report abuse |
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    November 6, 2011 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
  4. tim

    A great pitcher a great man you will be missed.

    November 6, 2011 at 1:49 am | Report abuse |
  5. Kenny

    This man's just passed away and you're going to talk smack to him and his family? Get a life and STOP YELLING IN CAPS

    November 6, 2011 at 2:41 am | Report abuse |
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