As most already know, former St. Louis Cardinals pitching great Bob Forsch passed away late Thursday night at the age of 61. He had just been in St. Louis, throwing out the ceremonial first pitch for Game 7 of the 2011 World Series.
First is the top post-season pitching performances in team history, as determined by Game Score. This metric was created by sabermetric pioneer Bill James to measure the strength of the pitcher’s result in a given outing.
On October 7, 1982, in Game 1 of the NLCS, Forsch tossed a three-hit shutout at the Atlanta Braves. His Game Score of 87 tied the great Bob Gibson for the second-highest in the long post-season history of the Cardinals franchise. It is just ahead of Chris Carpenter’s Game 5 NLDS gem over Roy Halladay and the Philadelphia Phillies last month. Forsch and the 1982 Cardinals went on to win the World Championship.
Here are the top ten pitching outings in Cardinals post-season history.
|1||Bob Gibson||10/2/1968||WS||1||DET||W 4-0||SHO9 ,W||9||5||0||0||1||17||0||93||32|
|T2||Bob Forsch||10/7/1982||NLCS||1||ATL||W 7-0||SHO9 ,W||9||3||0||0||0||6||0||87||30|
|T2||Bob Gibson||10/12/1964||WS||5||NYY||W 5-2||CG 10 ,W||10||6||2||0||2||13||1||87||39|
|T4||Chris Carpenter||10/7/2011||NLDS||5||PHI||W 1-0||SHO9 ,W||9||3||0||0||0||3||0||84||31|
|T4||John Tudor||10/23/1985||WS||4||KCR||W 3-0||SHO9 ,W||9||5||0||0||1||8||0||84||33|
|6||Mort Cooper||10/8/1944||WS||5||SLB||W 2-0||SHO9 ,W||9||7||0||0||2||12||0||83||36|
|T7||Chris Carpenter||10/24/2006||WS||3||DET||W 5-0||GS-8 ,W||8||3||0||0||0||6||0||82||26|
|T7||Bob Gibson||10/8/1967||WS||4||BOS||W 6-0||SHO9 ,W||9||5||0||0||1||6||0||82||33|
|T7||Bill Hallahan||10/2/1931||WS||2||PHA||W 2-0||SHO9 ,W||9||3||0||0||7||8||0||82||37|
|T7||Pete Alexander||10/3/1926||WS||2||NYY||W 6-2||CG 9 ,W||9||4||2||1||1||10||0||82||31|
Forsch is one of only 28 pitchers in Major League Baseball history to throw multiple no-hitters. His first was on April 16, 1978 versus the Philadelphia Phillies with his second occurring on September 26, 1983 against the Montreal Expos. Those no-hitters were the only two ever thrown at Busch Stadium II, where Forsch won more games and pitched more innings than any other pitcher.
(The above links will take you to the boxscores for each of the no-hitters.)
In addition, here is Mike Shannon’s call of the final out of Forsch’s second no-hitter, courtesy of the St. Louis Cardinals: link to audio.