Born: Jan. 13, 1950
Known for: Sacramento native Bob Forsch won 168 games, including two no-hitters, during a 16-year pitching career, mainly with the St. Louis Cardinals.
Background: Forsch was a star player at Hiram Johnson High School. He struck out a record six consecutive batters during the 1968 prep playoffs and led the Warriors to the first Tournament of Champions title that year over Grant. Drafted by the Cardinals, he made his major league debut in 1974. He won 20 games in 1977 and led the Cardinals in victories six times. He no-hit the Phillies in 1978 and the Expos in 1983. An excellent hitter, Forsch won the Sporting News' Silver Slugger Award in 1980 and 1987 and hit 12 career home runs. He also played in three World Series with the Cardinals.
Highlights: Forsch's older brother, Ken, threw a no-hitter against the Atlanta Braves in 1979, making the Forsches the only siblings to pitch no-hit games in major league history. Ken Forsch also played 16 years in the majors, winning 114 games. Bob Forsch was the winningest pitcher (93 games) in the history of St. Louis' old Busch Stadium, which was demolished in 2005.
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