Ken Forsch - Timeline

Astros Trades & Transactions

Jun 1, 1968:18. Drafted Ken Forsch(P) in 1968 Summer Draft
Apr 1, 1981:Traded Ken Forsch(P) to Cal-A for Dickie Thon(IF)

This Date in Astros History

May 29, 1971:Ken Forsch twirls a three-hitter to stop the Reds, 2-1. All three Cincinnati hits are by Lee May, including a solo homer. Jim Wynn answers with a solo blast of his own off Gary Nolan before singling home Roger Metzger with the decisive run.
Jun 21, 1973:Lee May belts three home runs as Houston puts a 12-2 hurt on the Padres . May's three bombs net five runs. Tommy Helms socks a grand slam for four more while Cesar Cedeno contributes a solo shot. Ken Forsch picks up the complete game victory although he allows Dave Winfield's first big league homer.
Aug 18, 1973:Bob Watson guns down two Phillies from the outfield in a 3-2 win at the Dome. He also doubles home Roger Metzger for the first Houston run just before Lee May bashes a two-run shot for the game-winner. Jim Ray gets the win after Dave Roberts left in the first inning. Ken Forsch works the final four frames for the save.
Sep 22, 1974:Pitcher Tom Griffin delivers a pinch-hit single in the 14th to edge the Braves, 3-2. The Astros score only when necessary - plating runs in the bottom of the ninth and the bottom of the tenth before winning it later. Ken Forsch picks up the victory.
Jul 21, 1975:Joe Torre sets a National League record, grounding into four double plays as his Mets drop a 6-2 verdict to the Astros. Ken Forsch gets Torre all four times on sliders. Felix Millan is the victim at second base on all four twin-killings. Roger Metzger has a two-run triple and starts three of Torre's recurring nightmares.
Apr 17, 1976:Ken Forsch has to save the Astros twice. Leading San Diego, 5-4 in the ninth, and the tying runner aboard, Forsch gets Ted Kubiak to ground to second for an apparent finish but catcher Cliff Johnson is ruled for interference. Kubiak is awarded first and Forsch must retire Merv Rettenmund, which he does on a fly to Greg Gross in right to seal the victory.
Apr 21, 1976:Jose Cruz ends a numbing 1-0 victory over the Dodgers in the 16th inning. Cruz singles off Stan Wall to score Larry Milbourne for the game's only run. Mike Barlow tosses one inning for the win after J.R. Richard pitched for ten and Ken Forsch threw for five.
Jul 13, 1976:Cesar Cedeno becomes the first Houston player to homer in an All-Star Game . His two-run shot off Frank Tanana caps a 7-1 National League win in Philadelphia. Ken Forsch pitches a scoreless ninth to finish the game .
Apr 21, 1978:A Hollywood ending helps Houston subdue the Dodgers, 8-6. With two on against Ken Forsch in the bottom of the ninth, Ron Cey lines to Bob Watson who steps on first to double off Reggie Smith. Watson spins and throws to Roger Metzger at second who beats Bill Russell to the bag to complete the game-ending triple play. Joe Ferguson's three-run homer in the eighth had given the Astros their lead.
May 12, 1978:Reliever Tom Dixon singles home Julio Gonzalez in the 14th inning for a wild 5-4 victory in New York. It's his first big league hit. Houston scores twice in the ninth to reach extra innings then takes the lead in the 12th on a two-run homer by Enos Cabell. Ken Forsch can't hold the lead, setting up Dixon's heroics.
Jul 14, 1978:Ken Forsch wins a pair of extra-inning contests against the Expos. Jose Cruz singles home the winning run in the 13th for a 4-3 victory in the opener after Reggie Baldwin tied it with a two-out single in the ninth. In the nightcap, Jesus Alou draws a bases-loaded walk for the game-winner in a 5-4, ten-inning triumph.
Sep 26, 1978:Joe Niekro outduels his brother Phil in a 2-0 whitewash of the Braves and denies Phil a 20-win season. Joe allows seven hits then gives way to Ken Forsch in the ninth. Jose Cruz and Julio Gonzalez drive in the game's only runs.
Apr 7, 1979:Ken Forsch fires a no-hitter, blanking Atlanta, 6-0 . Bedridden two days before the gem, Forsch needs just 106 pitches, striking out three and walking two. Forsch has a tension-free ninth inning getting Rowland Office, Jerry Royster and Glenn Hubbard on routine grounders. He and his brother Bob become the first brothers to pitch no-hitters.
Jul 28, 1979:Ken Forsch twirls a three-hitter as the Astros top the Dodgers, 5-2, but the talk is about a brawl that clears the benches. Cesar Cedeno spikes Steve Yeager during a play at the plate. Yeager later tosses a ball out to Cedeno at first who fires it back into the L.A. bench. Ken Brett then hits Enos Cabell with a pitch and away they go. Tommy Lasorda beat the rush, getting tossed three innings earlier.
Jun 9, 1980:Dave Kingman of the Cubs launches an air ball from left field during a 6-2 loss in Houston. Fielding a single off Alan Ashby, Kingman's throw to the plate lands in the Chicago dugout on the third-base side on the fly. Ken Forsch finishes the scoring by singling home Ashby from third en route to the victory. The win is a nice 49th birthday gift for Astros skipper Bill Virdon.
Oct 7, 1980:The first post-season game in Astros history is a 3-1 loss in Philadelphia in Game One of the N.L.C.S. Houston gets the first run when Gary Woods singles off Steve Carlton to score Jose Cruz. A two-run bomb by Greg Luzinski off Ken Forsch puts the Phillies ahead to stay.
Apr 1, 1981:Astros deal pitcher Ken Forsch to the Angels for shortstop Dickie Thon. The versatile righthander compiled a 78-81 record for Houston, with 50 saves, nine shutouts, a 3.18 ERA and one memorable no-hitter.