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Bob Forsch
Born: 1950

  • Brother of Ken Forsch
    [Courtesy Arnie Braunstein]
  • RHP 1974-88 Cardinals , Astros

    Bob Forsch's Teammates

    IPW-LERA
    Career 2795168-1363.76
    League CS 152-13.52
    World Series 221-37.36

    Books and articles about Bob Forsch

    Only Hall of Famers Bob Gibson and Jesse Haines pitched more years or won more games for the Cardinals than Forsch. He won 20 games in 1977 and led the Cardinals staff in victories six times. Converted from a third baseman, he threw two no-hitters in the minors, then no-hit the Phillies in 1978 and the Expos in 1983. He and his brother, Ken, were the first brothers to toss ML no-hitters.
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    A power pitcher early in his career, Bob later relied on a deliberate delivery, pinpoint control, and a changeup, mixed with a sinker and occasional fastball. He helped himself with his bat by becoming an excellent bunter with some home run power. He won TSN's Silver Slugger Award in 1980 and 1987. (FJO)
    FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
    May 26, 1975: In St. Louis, Lou Brock hits for the cycle to back Bob Forsch's 71 win over the Padres.

    July 23, 1975: Willie Crawford and Lee Lacy connect for 9th-inning back-to-back pinch home runs off Bob Forsch, but the Dodgers lose anyway 54 to the Cardinals. They are the 2nd pair of Dodgers to pinch hit back-to-back homers.

    April 16, 1978: Cardinal Bob Forsch (30) hurls a no-hitter in beating the Phillies 50. Forsch walks two and strikes out three in pitching the first no-hitter in St. Louis by a Cardinal since Jesse Haines in 1924. Roger Freed's bases loaded pinch double drives in three runs to help beat Randy Lersch.

    April 7, 1979: In the earliest no-hitter in ML history, the Astros Ken Forsch shuts downs the Braves 60. Together with Bob Forsch, who hurled a no-hitter in 1978, the brothers become the first to pitch no-hit games.

    October 7, 1982: After rain washed out a 10 Atlanta lead in the 5th inning of yesterday's NLCS opener, St. Louis crushes the Braves 70. Bob Forsch fires a 3-hitter.

    September 26, 1983: Cardinals Bob Forsch pitches his 2nd career no-hitter 30 against the Expos. Forsch allows just two base runners while becoming the first Cardinal and 25th pitcher overall to throw more than one no-hitter.

    August 10, 1986: Pitcher Bob Forsch hits a grand slam to lead the Cardinals to a 54 win over the Pirates, and reliever Todd Worrell records his 24th save to break the ML rookie record set by Doug Corbett in 1980.

    August 3, 1989: The Reds score 14 runs in the first inning of an 182 demolition of the Astros. ML records set during the onslaught include most hits in an inning (16), most players with two hits in an inning (7), and most singles in an inning (12). Mariano Duncan and Luis Quinones each tie the major-league record by batting three times and the team ties the National League and ML mark with most players scoring twice (6). Tom Browning is the easy complete game winner while Jim Clancy, who gives up seven runs while recording no outs, is the loser. Bob Forsch, allows 10 runs on 18 hits in seven innings, and Juan Agosto, one run in one inning.