Former St. Louis Cardinals star Bob Forsch died on Thursday at his home near Tampa, Fla., at the age of 61, a team spokesman has confirmed to the media.
Forsch is the only pitcher in St. Louis Cardinals history to throw two no-hitters. His cause of death is not yet known.
Forsch died less than a week after throwing out the first pitch at Game 7 of the World Series, according to The Associated Press.
Forsch won 20 games in 1977. He was also twice a 15-game winner. He had a career record of 168-136 with a 3.76 ERA, according to The AP. As a hitter, Forsch had a .213 career average and 12 home runs.
When Forsch threw out the ball at Game 7, he was standing in for his longtime manager Whitey Herzog. Herzog is currently recovering from a fall that left him hospitalized for more than three weeks.
I was supposed to throw out the first ball and was still on medicine, so they decided Forschie would do it, Herzog told The AP. We've kept in touch throughout the years. To drop dead like that, it's a real shock.
Forsch played on three World Series teams in the 1980s under Herzog.
We are deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Bob Forsch, chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. told The AP. Bob was a one of the best pitchers in the history of our organization and a valued member of the Cardinals family.
Forsch survived by his wife Janice and two daughters. Funeral arrangements were not yet announced.