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St. Louis Cardinals Pitcher Bob Forsch Passed Away Thursday At Age 61

On Thursday night, the St. Louis Cardinals lost a pillar of the organization when Bob Forsch reportedly suffered an aneurysm in his upper chest and passed away at the age of 61. Forsch spent 15 seasons as a pitcher for the Cardinals, threw two no-hitters and currently ranks third in team history with 163 wins.

On Thursday night, the St. Louis Cardinals lost a pillar of the organization when Bob Forsch reportedly suffered an aneurysm in his upper chest and passed away at the age of 61. Forsch spent 15 seasons as a pitcher for the Cardinals, threw two no-hitters and currently ranks third in team history with 163 wins.

Just one week ago Forsch was at baseball's center stage, tossing out the ceremonial first pitch at Busch Stadium prior to Game 7 of the 2011 World Series. Of course, the Cardinals went on to win that game against the Texas Rangers and claim the 2011 World Series Championship. That was not Forsch's only World Series experience, however, as he pitched in the 1982 World Series and played for two other World Series squads in St. Louis in 1985 and 1987 as well.

No official statement has been made by the Cardinals organization at this time, but be sure to stay tuned for what is sure to be an emotional sendoff for a Cardinal legend. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Forsch family and those deeply affected by this loss.

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