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. Dave

    I went to High School in Sacramento with Bobby and Ken. They were reserved fellows but incredibly talented. Bobby will be deeply missed.

    November 4, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • we didn't listen

      steroids are terrible. This poor man didn't have to die such an early death. If only he had listened. WHY DIDN'T HE LISTEN!?

      November 4, 2011 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. cards fan

    RIP Bob Forsch and GO CARDINALS!

    November 4, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Texas Fan

      Go Texas! Eat crap cardinal fans!

      November 5, 2011 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |
  3. NorsKenR

    Being able to respect yourself for being good, (or in his case, great) at what you do, and being respected and even loved in your chosen profession – that sounds like a winner to me, be he a pitcher or a President.

    November 4, 2011 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. casper's boo

    Condolences to the family, friends and team. One of the greats who will now be playing on that diamond in the sky <3
    Pity to the morons who get on here posting immature comments.

    November 4, 2011 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Sam525

    I hate the Cards (not really, but in the sports fan way), but this is almost a cool story if it was'nt traggic. The guy got to go out on top years after his career was over. RIP.

    November 4, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  6. the maj

    I remember Bob and his brother Ken, 2 rock solid pitchers in the 70's

    November 4, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. adriana

    My condolences to the family, friends, and those close to him. He lived loving what he did, all the way to the end...

    November 4, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Cathy

    He had a good life doing what he loved to do

    November 4, 2011 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  9. goingfast


    November 4, 2011 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  10. jack q.

    As a Cooperstown native,always a baseball fan. Great pitcher,greater guy. RIP

    November 4, 2011 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
  11. me

    I believe that would be RUBE Goldburg, but good try.

    November 4, 2011 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • I'm going to outlive you

      No RUTH Goldberg. Google it dumbas

      November 4, 2011 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  12. blet man

    Ooh Man!!!You just never ever know!!When its your time thats it,unfortunately,its so sad that life can end at the blink of an eye. So we must all make the most out of life,and dont sweat the small stuff!!! R.I.P. in my friend

    November 4, 2011 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Anonymous HA HA HA HA HA

    It's s gentle reminder to have a good time on Earth, life is short and make the best of it.

    November 4, 2011 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jones

    If he did suffer an aortic aneurysm I hope his family checks for genetic links. There is a familial type of aneurysm, which was the kind that Mr. Ritter had. http://johnritterfoundation.org/your-aortic-health/ is the link to information (Full disclosure: I'm not related to the Ritter family. I worked in the medical field for 22 years in various capacities including at a heart hospital). [Not all aneurysms are the familial type].

    November 5, 2011 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
  15. jimmy barnes

    Life is short... JUST LIVE!!!!... dont worry what people say about you... Show up for work.. do you job very well.... and keep your nose on your face where it belongs...

    November 5, 2011 at 12:59 am | Report abuse |
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