Astros in the Sky
Born: Jan 13, 1950
Bob Forsch and his brother Ken are the only brothers to each pitch a no-hitter in the majors. Bob added a second no-hitter in St. Louis, albeit a disputed one, when a generous official scorer called a line drive by the Phillies' Gary Maddox past Cardinals third baseman Ken Reitz an error.
The younger of the two brothers, Bob Forsch was a dependable starter for the Cardinals for more than 14 years. He pitched 200 or more innings seven times, and once won 20 games. His 15 wins tied for the team lead in the Cardinals' 1982 championship season season. Forsch added a three-hit shutout of the Braves in Game 1 of the NLCS but lost both of his World Series starts against the Milwaukee Brewers. When Forsch retired he ranked third among Cardinals pitchers in wins and innings pitched, behind Hall of Famers Bob Gibson and Jesse Haines.
The righthander twice won NL Silver Slugger awards as the league's best-hitting pitcher.
He joined the Astros in August 1988, and in 1989 had a night he'd rather forget. Houston starter Jim Clancy had given up six hits and a walk to the first seven Reds to bat when Forsch was brought in. He endured seven long innings of relief, allowing 18 hits and 10 runs in an 18-2 Houston loss. He retired at the end of the season.