Bob Forsch, Pitcher for 1980s Champion Cardinals, Dies at 61

Bob Forsch, Pitcher for 1980s Champion Cardinals, Dies at 61
Former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Bob Forsch throws out the ceremonial first pitch prior to game seven of the World Series between the Texas Rangers and the St. Louis Cardinals in St. Louis, on Oct. 28, 2011. Photographer: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Bob Forsch, the only pitcher with multiple no-hitters for the St. Louis Cardinals, died yesterday, six days after tossing out the first ball at the deciding game of the World Series. He was 61.

Forsch collapsed at his home in Tampa, Florida, and died last night of unknown causes, the Cardinals said today on their website. Forsch, who spent 15 of his 16 Major League Baseball seasons in St. Louis, threw out the ceremonial first pitch before Game 7 of the World Series, which the Cardinals won to take their 11th championship.

“Having been with Bob just last week, we are all stunned by this news,” Cardinals chairman and principal owner Bill DeWitt Jr. said on the website.

The right-hander recorded his first no-hitter against the Philadelphia Phillies on April 16, 1978, and another against the Montreal Expos on Sept. 26, 1983. He is one of 26 major league pitchers to throw multiple no-hitters and the only one to do so in a Cardinals jersey, according to the team’s website.

Forsch was 168-136 with 1,133 strikeouts and a 3.76 earned run average in his career, which began in 1974 and ended with the Houston Astros in 1989. He won a World Series championship with the Cardinals in 1982.