Wednesday, July 17, 2019

1981 Topps Bob Forsch

The front: The darkness in this photo is illuminated only by Forsch’s bright blue jersey.

The back: Forsch was converted to pitching in 1971 after Cardinals farm director Bob Kennedy determined he did not have the physical strength to be a major league hitter.

The player: Bob Forsch pitched sixteen years in the major leagues, fifteen of them with the Cardinals. In an organization with a history of legendary pitchers, only Forsch threw multiple no-hitters for the team. A 20-game winner in 1977, Forsch went 168-136 with a 3.76 ERA in his career.

The man: A long-time minor league coach, Forsch died of cancer in 2011.

My collection: I have 43 of his cards, from 1975 to 1990. I would be interested in trading for 1983 Fleer Stamps #NNO.

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