Cardinals star Bob Forsch (Cedar Rapids Cardinals (1970-71) dies at 61

Bob Forsch (Cedar Rapids Cardinals -1970-71) passed away Thursday at his home in Tampa less than a week after throwing out the first pitch at game 7 of the 2011 World Series. Forsch had played on three previous Cardinals World Series teams. He won 20 games in 1977, pitched a  pair of no-hitters and was the third-winningest pitcher in Cardinals history. Forsch’s no-hitters were the only ones ever thrown at Busch Memorial Stadium. He and his Brother Ken are the only brothers in MLB history to throw official no-hitters. There are only three other Cedar Rapids Alumni with major league no-hitters (Allie Reynolds-2, Jerry Reuss and Ervin Santana).

Bob Forsch posted a 168-136 record and a 3.76 E.R.A. during his 16 year career playing for the Cardinals and Astros. Forsch was a member of three World Series teams including the 1982 Cardinals championship squad. He won the Silver Slugger award in 1980 and 1987. Forsch has served as the pitching coach for the Billings Mustangs in the Reds minor league system from 2009-11.

Bob Forsch played for the 1970 and 1971 Cedar Rapids Cardinals squads. The 1970 team finished with a mark of 57-64 under manager Roy Majtyka. Forsch appeared in just a single game for the 1970 Cardinals. He returned in 1971 as the Cardinals went 67-53 under manager Bobby Dews. Forsch posted a 11-7 mark with a 3.13 E.R.A. in 23 starts. He struck out 134 batters in 158 innings of work.

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