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
I went to High School in Sacramento with Bobby and Ken. They were reserved fellows but incredibly talented. Bobby will be deeply missed.
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!?
RIP Bob Forsch and GO CARDINALS!
Go Texas! Eat crap cardinal fans!
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.
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.
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.
I remember Bob and his brother Ken, 2 rock solid pitchers in the 70's
My condolences to the family, friends, and those close to him. He lived loving what he did, all the way to the end...
He had a good life doing what he loved to do
IT'S GOOD TO SEE THAT SOMETHING REALLY NICE IS SAID ABOUT SOMEBODY IN THE NEWS TODAY, HE WAS A REALLY GREAT GUY AND A GREAT PITCHER. TRY TOSSING ONE NO-HITTER, LET ALONE 2.
As a Cooperstown native,always a baseball fan. Great pitcher,greater guy. RIP
I believe that would be RUBE Goldburg, but good try.
No RUTH Goldberg. Google it dumbas
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
It's s gentle reminder to have a good time on Earth, life is short and make the best of it.
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].
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...