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BOB
FORSCH

by Mark McDermott/BaseballSacramento.com 

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Born: January 13, 1950  

High School: Johnson 

Bats: Right—Throws: Right 

Height: 6-4—Weight: 200 

Position: Pitcher 

Drafted: 26th round in 1968 by the St. Louis Cardinals 

Debut: July 7, 1974 

Last Game:  September 25, 1989 

Teams: St. Louis Cardinals 1974-1988; Houston Astros 1988-1989


Bob Forsch began his career as a minor league third baseman and finished his career an accomplished pitcher in the National League. 

Forsch 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 than Forsch. 

The 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 runs.

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Forsch 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. 

The 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.  

On September 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. Louis. 

Forsch’s 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. history.

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When asked 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.  

“Winning a 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 leagues.” 

Career Statistics -- Bob Forsch

Year  

Team 

W-L 

ERA 

GS 

CG 

SO 

Sv 

IP 

ER 

BB 

WHIP 

H/9 

W/9 

K/9 

1974 

STL 

7-4 

2.97 

19 

14 

100.0 

84 

38 

33 

34 

39 

1.180 

7.6 

3.1 

3.5 

1975 

STL 

15-10 

2.86 

34 

34 

230.0 

213 

89 

73 

70 

108 

1.230 

8.3 

2.7 

4.2 

1976 

STL 

8-10 

3.94 

33 

32 

194.0 

209 

112 

85 

71 

76 

1.443 

9.7 

3.3 

3.5 

1977 

STL 

20-7 

3.48 

35 

35 

217.1 

210 

97 

84 

69 

95 

1.284 

8.7 

2.9 

3.9 

1978 

STL 

11-17 

3.70 

34 

34 

233.2 

205 

110 

96 

97 

114 

1.292 

7.9 

3.7 

4.4 

1979 

STL 

11-11 

3.83 

33 

32 

218.2 

215 

102 

93 

52 

92 

1.221 

8.8 

2.1 

3.8 

1980 

STL 

11-10 

3.77 

31 

31 

214.2 

225 

102 

90 

33 

87 

1.202 

9.4 

1.4 

3.6 

1981 

STL 

10-5 

3.18 

20 

20 

124.1 

106 

47 

44 

29 

41 

1.086 

7.7 

2.1 

3.0 

1982 

STL 

15-9 

3.48 

36 

34 

233.0 

238 

95 

90 

54 

69 

1.253 

9.2 

2.1 

2.7 

1983 

STL 

10-12 

4.28 

34 

30 

187.0 

190 

104 

89 

54 

56 

1.305 

9.1 

2.6 

2.7 

1984 

STL 

2-5 

6.02 

16 

11 

52.1 

64 

38 

35 

19 

21 

1.586 

11.0 

3.3 

3.6 

1985 

STL 

9-6 

3.90 

34 

19 

136.0 

132 

63 

59 

47 

48 

1.316 

8.7 

3.1 

3.2 

1986 

STL 

14-10 

3.25 

33 

33 

230.0 

211 

91 

83 

68 

104 

1.213 

8.3 

2.7 

4.1 

1987 

STL 

11-7 

4.32 

33 

30 

179.0 

189 

90 

86 

45 

89 

1.307 

9.5 

2.3 

4.5 

1988 

TOT 

10-8 

4.29 

36 

18 

136.1 

153 

73 

65 

44 

54 

1.445 

10.1 

2.9 

3.6 

1988 

STL 

9-4 

3.73 

30 

12 

108.2 

111 

51 

45 

38 

40 

1.371 

9.2 

3.1 

3.3 

1988 

HOU 

1-4 

6.51 

27.2 

42 

22 

20 

14 

1.735 

13.7 

2.0 

4.6 

1989 

HOU 

4-5 

5.32 

37 

15 

108.1 

133 

68 

64 

46 

40 

1.652 

11.0 

3.8 

3.3 

16 

Totals 

168-136 

3.76 

498 

422 

67 

19 

2794.2 

2777 

1319 

1169 

832 

1133 

1.291 

8.9 

2.7 

3.6 



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