by Mark McDermott/BaseballSacramento.com
Born: January 13, 1950
High School: Johnson
Bats: Right—Throws: Right
Height: 6-4—Weight: 200
Drafted: 26th round in 1968 by the St. Louis Cardinals
Debut: July 7, 1974
Last Game: September 25,
Teams: St. Louis Cardinals 1974-1988; Houston Astros
Bob Forsch began his career as a minor league third baseman and finished his career an
accomplished pitcher in the National League.
pitched 16 seasons, 15 for the St. Louis Cardinals, and won 168 games with a 3.76 ERA. He won 163
games in 15 seasons with the Cardinals. Only Hall of Famers Bob Gibson (17 seasons, 251 wins) and
Jesse Haines (18 seasons, 210 wins) have pitched more years or won more games for the Cardinals
right-hander had a deliberate delivery, pinpoint control and had an excellent sinker and changeup.
From 1974-1988, he led the Cardinals pitching staff in victories six times and won 10 or more games
11 times. He also threw 19 shutouts. Surprisingly, he was never selected a National League
All-Star, but did collect Silver Slugger awards in 1980 and 1987. Forsch hit 12 career home
pitched in three World Series—1982, 1985 and 1987. In 1982, he was 15-9 with a 3.48 ERA. He tossed
a three-hit shutout in Game 1 of the N.L. Championship Series against the Atlanta Braves. However,
he started and lost Game 1 and Game 5 of the World Series but the Cardinals still won in seven
games over the Milwaukee Brewers.
6-foot-4, 200-pounder threw two no-hitters in the minor leagues and two more no-hitters in the big
leagues. His first major league no-hitter was April 13, 1978, when he beat the Philadelphia
Phillies 5-0. It was the first no-hitter in St. Louis since Haines’ gem in 1924.
26, 1983, he pitched his second no-hitter, beating the Montreal Expos 3-0. He became the first
Cardinals’ pitcher and 25th pitcher in Major League history to throw more than one
no-hitter. Forsch’s no-hitters were the only two ever thrown at Busch Memorial Stadium in St.
older brother, Ken, also pitched a no-hitter in the major league. Pitching for the Houston Astros,
Ken Forsch pitched the earliest no-hitter in major history on April 7, 1979 against the
Atlanta Braves. The Forsch duo became the first brothers to hurl no-hit games in M.L.
to select the most memorable moment of his accomplished career, Bob Forsch didn’t choose his
20-game win season nor did he name either one of his no-hitters.
World Series,” he said, despite losing both his starts in the series. “There is not a better
feeling in the whole world than knowing that you are the best team in both
Career Statistics -- Bob