Former Cardinals star Bob Forsch dies at 61

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Bob Forsch, who threw two no-hitters for the

St. Louis Cardinals and is the third-winningest pitcher in team

history, has died at the age of 61.

Cardinals spokesman Brian Bartow said Forsch died Thursday at

his home near Tampa, Fla. A cause was not immediately known.

The death came less than a week after Forsch threw out the first

pitch at Game 7 of the World Series. The Cardinals beat the Texas

Rangers 6-2 last Friday to win the championship.

Forsch won 163 games for the Cardinals from 1974 to 1988,

trailing only Bob Gibson and Jesse Haines, before ending his career

in Houston in 1989. He threw no-hitters in 1978 and 1983, the only

Cardinals pitcher to accomplish the feat twice.