Former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Bob Forsch passed away last night at the age of 61, according to St. Louis Today.
The former 20-game winner collapsed at his home in Tampa, Fla. last night. Early reports from his wife indicate that the former ace suffered an aneurysm in his upper chest. Forsch had recently thrown out the ceremonial first pitch for Game 7 of the 2011 World Series in St. Louis, and appeared to be in good health.
Forsch retired with the third most wins in Cardinals’ franchise history, trailing just Bob Gibson and Jesse Haines. In 16 MLB seasons he posted 168 wins and a 3.76 career ERA. His best season came in 1977 when he went 20-7 with a 3.48 ERA for St. Louis. The California native is also one of a handful of MLB pitchers to record multiple no-hitters throughout his career.