Cards All-Time Top 40 – Bob Forsch #25


Posted Jan 30, 2007


The Top 40 countdown of the greatest St. Louis Cardinals of all time continues with their star starting pitcher from the mid-1970’s through the 1980’s, Bob Forsch.

Robert Herbert Forsch

The Basics

Position

Throw

Total Yrs

Yrs in StL

W

ERA

SO

SV

Pitcher

Right

1974-1989

1974-1988

163

3.67

1079

3

The Awards

Hall of Fame

Retired #

World Champ

All-Star

MVP

Cy Young

Gold Glove

 -

 -

1

 -

 -

 -

 -

Note: All stats and awards listed are for years as a Cardinal only.
Forsch’s career stats available from baseball-reference.com.

Voter Comments

Rob Rains (18): Other Cardinal pitchers over the years may have seemed more glamorous, but when the career totals are added up, Forsch can be found very close to the top. The only pitcher in franchise history to throw two no-hitters, Forsch ranks third all time in wins, third in strikeouts and third in innings pitched. Considering the only pitchers above him in those categories are Hall of Famers Bob Gibson, Dizzy Dean and Jesse Haines, that's not bad company.

Forsch is one of only seven players in history to wear a Cardinal uniform for 15 or more years, and again, everybody else on that list is in the Hall of Fame -- Musial, Haines, Gibson, Brock, Schoendienst and Smith.

Jerry Modene (30): Never considered one of the great pitchers in the game, Forschie was nevertheless a solid innings-eater who lasted a very long time for the Cardinals, and he did win 20 games the once, in 1977.

Add to that two no-hitters (he’s still the only Cardinal ever to pitch two no-hitters) and three league championships and you’ve got the makings of a solid career guy who rates in our Top 30.

Ray Mileur (25): This is exactly where I ranked Forsch on my list. He spent 15 seasons with St. Louis and still ranks third on the all-time list in wins (163), strikeouts (1079) and innings pitched (2658). He pitched two no-hitters in the old Busch Stadium - something that no one else ever did - and won the Silver Slugger award twice in his career.

A very dependable starter, Forsch pitched 200 or more innings seven times and won ten or more games ten times for St. Louis. It may surprise a lot of fans that Forsch was never an All-Star in his 16-year career.

Bob and his brother Ken are the only brothers to pitch no-hitters in the major leagues.

You can still see Forsch around Busch Stadium if you keep your eyes open. I sat next to him at a game in 2005.

Brian Walton (21): In the case of Bob Forsch, I am back to my sprinter versus marathoner dilemma. This time, the marathoner won out. Forsch led the Cardinals staff through a down and up period of the late 1970’s and 1980’s. His only 20-win season was for the 1977 club that finished just four games over .500.

Forsch pitched for three pennant winners in St. Louis. When the Cards won it all in 1982, he contributed 15 wins during the regular season. In 1985, Forsch missed part of the year, but put nine wins on the board. Two years later, he won 11 at the age of 37 but pitched out of the pen in the postseason.

Forsch did not excel in the playoff spotlight, posting a 3-4, 5.79 ERA mark overall. His World Series stats were worse: 1-3, 7.36. But, he was a Cardinal through and through. I recall being disappointed when Forsch was shipped to Houston near the end of his playing days. He deserved to retire as a career-long Cardinal.

Voter Comments Key: Voter (Individual Ranking); NR = Not Rated

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