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Bob Forsch, former Cardinals pitcher, dies at 61

Nov 4, 2011

Will be updated.

We've received news this morning that former Cardinals pitcher Bob Forsch has died. He was 61.

According to the Cardinals' official website, Forsch was the third-winningest pitcher in Cardinals history, and threw two no-hitters.

Forsch's wife told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Forsch suffered an aneurysm in his upper chest.

You may remember seeing Forsch recently, as he threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Game 7 of the 2011 World Series, in which the Cardinals clinched their eleventh World Series title in franchise history. The photo of Forsch above documents that moment.

The Cardinals' official website shares this list of statistics on Forsch's 16-season major league career (and here are even more statistics if you're interested):

The right-hander spent 15 of his 16 Major League seasons with St. Louis from 1974-88, winning 163 games, and was a member of three Cardinals World Series teams in 1982, '85 and '87. He was at Busch Stadium last Friday, throwing out the ceremonial first pitch prior to Game 7 of the World Series.

Before his death, Forsch was a "pitching coach for the Reds' Rookie League affiliate, the Billings Mustangs," the Cardinals' official website states.

Jamie Ramsey, assistant director of media relations for the Reds confirmed the death via a tweet this morning.