Ken Forsch Stats

Ken Forsch was born on Sunday, September 8, 1946, in Sacramento, California. Forsch was 23 years old when he broke into the big leagues on September 7, 1970, with the Houston Astros. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Ken Forsch baseball stats page.

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"Mr. and Mrs. Forsch wouldn't allow Ken to play baseball unless he took his younger brother, Bob , along with him. Thus, when Ken was 9 and Bob was 6, Bob served as batboy for Ken's Little League team. Their dad a great inspiration during the boys' youth, he'd always play pepper in the backyard with the boys after coming home from work each day. Mr. Forsch concentrated on teaching fundamentals and this enhanced the career of Ken & Bob ." - 1977 Topps Baseball Card (Topps Baseball Inc. 1977. Card #632.)

Ken Forsch

Ken Forsch Autograph on a 1978 Topps (#181)

Ken Forsch Autograph on a 1978 Topps (#181)

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Birth Name:
Kenneth Roth Forsch
Nickname:
Ken
Born On:
09-08-1946  (Virgo)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Sacramento, California
Year of Death Data Died On:
Still Living ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Still Living
Cemetery:
n/a
High School:
Hiram Johnson High School (Sacramento, CA)
College:
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
6-04
Player Weight Chart Weight:
210
First Game:
09-07-1970 (Age 23)
Last Game:
05-23-1986
Draft:
1968 : 18th Round (399th)

Ken Forsch

Ken Forsch Pitching Stats

1970 24 Astros 4 4 0 1 2 .333 5.63 1 0 0 24.0 99 28 15 15 1 5 0 13 1 0 0 -
1971 25 Astros 33 23 4 8 8 .500 2.53 7 2 0 188.1 771 162 53 60 8 53 5 131 8 4 0 -
1972 26 Astros 30 24 3 6 8 .429 3.91 1 0 0 156.1 671 163 68 75 19 62 1 113 9 0 0 -
1973 27 Astros 46 26 9 9 12 .429 4.20 5 0 4 201.1 861 197 94 101 18 74 7 149 5 4 1 -
1974 28 Astros 70 0 40 8 7 .533 2.79 0 0 10 103.1 435 98 32 38 3 37 13 48 4 4 1 -
1975 29 Astros 34 9 12 4 8 .333 3.22 2 0 2 109.0 451 114 39 42 9 30 3 54 1 2 0 -
1976 30 Astros 52 0 46 4 3 .571 2.15 0 0 19 92.0 372 76 22 23 5 26 7 49 2 2 1 -
1977 31 Astros 42 5 28 5 8 .385 2.72 0 0 8 86.0 364 80 26 32 2 28 6 45 3 2 0 -
1978 32 Astros 52 6 28 10 6 .625 2.70 4 2 7 133.1 563 136 40 44 2 37 13 71 2 1 0 -
1979 33 Astros 26 24 1 11 6 .647 3.04 10 2 0 177.2 700 155 60 67 14 35 2 58 0 0 1 -
1980 34 Astros 32 32 0 12 13 .480 3.20 6 3 0 222.1 926 230 79 90 15 41 1 84 1 7 3 -
1981 35 Angels 20 20 0 11 7 .611 2.88 10 4 0 153.0 616 143 49 54 7 27 2 55 0 4 0 -
1982 36 Angels 37 35 2 13 11 .542 3.87 12 4 0 228.0 955 225 98 108 25 57 2 73 1 11 0 -
1983 37 Angels 31 31 0 11 12 .478 4.06 11 1 0 219.1 921 226 99 107 21 61 6 81 6 4 0 -
1984 38 Angels 2 2 0 1 1 .500 2.20 1 0 0 16.1 62 14 4 4 2 3 0 10 0 0 0 -
1986 40 Angels 10 0 4 0 1 .000 9.53 0 0 1 17.0 85 24 18 21 4 10 0 13 0 2 0 -
16 Years 521 241 177 114 113 .502 3.37 70 18 51 2,127.1 8,852 2,071 796 881 155 586 68 1,047 43 47 7 -

Ken Forsch

Ken Forsch Hitting Stats

1970 24 Astros 4 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 3 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1971 25 Astros 33 59 2 8 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 30 3 0 0 0 .136 .150 .153
1972 26 Astros 30 41 2 6 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 21 7 0 0 1 .146 .167 .146
1973 27 Astros 46 62 2 4 1 0 0 0 1 2 0 26 5 0 0 0 .065 .094 .081
1974 28 Astros 70 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 1 0 0 0 .000 .125 .000
1975 29 Astros 34 22 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 7 3 0 0 0 .045 .192 .045
1976 30 Astros 52 11 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 3 2 0 0 1 .091 .167 .091
1977 31 Astros 42 13 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 5 1 0 0 0 .077 .143 .077
1978 32 Astros 52 27 1 5 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 9 2 0 0 0 .185 .185 .185
1979 33 Astros 26 58 4 8 1 0 0 0 3 4 0 22 6 0 0 1 .138 .194 .155
1980 34 Astros 32 77 3 18 3 0 0 0 8 1 0 33 6 0 0 0 .234 .244 .273
1981 35 Angels 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1982 36 Angels 37 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1983 37 Angels 31 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1984 38 Angels 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1986 40 Angels 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
16 Years 521 383 16 52 6 0 0 0 17 16 0 163 39 0 0 3 .136 .170 .151

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Ken Forsch Fielding Stats

1970 Astros P 4 4 72 4 1.0 4 2 2 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.50
1971 Astros P 33 23 565 29 0.9 27 8 19 2 1 n/a n/a n/a .931 1.29
1972 Astros P 30 24 469 20 0.7 18 9 9 2 1 n/a n/a n/a .900 1.04
1973 Astros P 46 26 604 31 0.7 31 15 16 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.39
1974 Astros P 70 0 310 25 0.4 23 9 14 2 1 n/a n/a n/a .920 2.00
1975 Astros P 34 9 327 22 0.6 20 6 14 2 3 n/a n/a n/a .909 1.65
1976 Astros P 52 0 276 21 0.4 21 4 17 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.05
1977 Astros P 42 5 258 26 0.6 25 10 15 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .962 2.62
1978 Astros P 52 6 400 35 0.7 33 9 24 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .943 2.23
1979 Astros P 26 24 533 48 1.8 47 10 37 1 5 n/a n/a n/a .979 2.38
1980 Astros P 32 32 667 59 1.8 56 11 45 3 2 n/a n/a n/a .949 2.27
1981 Angels P 20 20 459 44 2.2 42 18 24 2 2 n/a n/a n/a .955 2.47
1982 Angels P 37 35 684 47 1.3 42 13 29 5 2 n/a n/a n/a .894 1.66
1983 Angels P 31 31 658 43 1.4 40 9 31 3 2 n/a n/a n/a .930 1.64
1984 Angels P 2 2 49 7 3.5 7 1 6 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.86
1986 Angels P 10 0 51 4 0.4 3 0 3 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .750 1.59
P Totals 521 241 6,382 465 0.9 439 134 305 26 24 n/a n/a n/a .944 1.86
16 Years 521 241 6,382 465 0.9 439 134 305 26 24 n/a n/a n/a .944 1.86

Ken Forsch

Ken Forsch Miscellaneous Stats

1970 Astros 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 1.5 0.0 2.60 4.88 1.88
1971 Astros 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.0 59.0 2.47 6.26 2.53
1972 Astros 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.0 0.0 1.82 6.51 3.57
1973 Astros 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.4 62.0 2.01 6.66 3.31
1974 Astros 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.3 0.0 1.30 4.18 3.22
1975 Astros 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 3.1 0.0 1.80 4.46 2.48
1976 Astros 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 3.7 11.0 1.88 4.79 2.54
1977 Astros 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.6 0.0 1.61 4.71 2.93
1978 Astros 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 3.0 9.0 1.92 4.79 2.50
1979 Astros 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.6 19.3 1.66 2.94 1.77
1980 Astros 1 0 1.000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.3 9.6 2.05 3.40 1.66
1981 Angels 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.04 3.24 1.59
1982 Angels 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.28 2.88 2.25
1983 Angels 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.33 3.32 2.50
1984 Angels 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 3.33 5.51 1.65
1986 Angels 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.30 6.88 5.29
16 Years 1 0 1.000 0 0 0 0.0 2.3 22.5 1.79 4.43 2.48

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Ken Forsch Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1970 Houston Astros 43 $12,000.00 - -
1971 Houston Astros 43 $12,750.00 - -
1972 Houston Astros 43 $13,500.00 - -
1973 Houston Astros 43 Undetermined - -
1974 Houston Astros 43 Undetermined - -
1975 Houston Astros 43 Undetermined - -
1976 Houston Astros 43 $76,120.00 Stats -
1977 Houston Astros 43 $76,120.00 - -
1978 Houston Astros 43 Undetermined - -
1979 Houston Astros 43 Undetermined - -
1980 Houston Astros 43 Undetermined - -
1981 California Angels 43 Undetermined Stats -
1982 California Angels 43 Undetermined - -
1983 California Angels 43 Undetermined - -
1984 California Angels 43 Undetermined - -
1986 California Angels 43 $100,000.00 - -
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Did you know that Ken Forsch and his brother Bob Forsch are the only two brothers in Major League history to each pitch a no-hitter? Bob tossed his first of two gems on April 16, 1978 , his second on September 26, 1983 , and when Ken blanked the Braves on April 7, 1979 , the two siblings accomplished a feat never done before, and never matched since.
Ken Forsch and Bob Forsch
Ken Forsch & Bob Forsch | 1977 Topps (#632) | Big League Brothers

Ken Forsch No Hitter (Box Score: April 7, 1979 )

When righthander Ken Forsch got the start Saturday April 7 for the Houston Astros in an NL West division battle with the Atlanta Braves in the second game of the season, he was destined to make baseball history.

Facing Larry McWilliams before a gathering of 24,325 at the Astrodome, the 32-year-old Forsch, making his first start of the season and having been sick in bed with an insect bite just two days earlier in Florida, hurled the earliest no-hitter in baseball history. Of even more significance, Ken's no-hitter made the Forsch brothers the only brothers to ever pitch hitless games in the big leagues. Bob had thrown one the year before, and was to hurl another one in 1983.

Ken's no hitter was a sparkling 106-pitch affair in which he struck out three and walked two. A finesse pitcher, who threw mostly breaking balls, Forsch got seven outs on fly balls while facing just 29 batters.

Forsch, who had pulled a hamstring muscle in his leg and been battered in spring training games, began the outing by getting Jerry Royster and Glenn Hubbard on flies to center and Gary Matthews on a ground out to short. He walked Jeff Burroughs leading off the second, but then retired Mike Lum on a foul pop to third. Dale Murphy forced out Burroughs at second on a grounder back to the mound, and Barry Bonnell was called out on strikes to end the inning.

The Houston hurler didn't allow another base-runner until the eighth inning. He received some stout defensive support in the fourth from third baseman Enos Cabell , who snared Hubbard's hard one-hopper and threw out the runner at first. That was the closest the Braves came to getting a hit, and was the only real tough fielding chance the Astros had.

Forsch kept getting Atlanta to beat the ball into the ground. The Braves grounded out 14 times in all, including three times in both the sixth and ninth innings.

When Forsch induced Lum to ground out to second and Murphy to bounce out to short on a viscous one-hopper to Craig Reynolds in the eighth, he had retired 20 batters in a row. The streak was snapped when he walked Bonnell , but pinch-hitter Bob Beall popped out to second to send Forsch into the ninth.

He started by getting pinch-hitter Rowland Office on a ground out to Rafael Landestoy at second. Royster then grounded out to Reynolds at short. Hubbard followed with another grounder to Reynolds , whose throw to Cabell at first ended the game.

It was a game in which the Houston offense gave Forsch plenty of breathing room. The Astros scored twice in the first with Terry Puhl hitting a leadoff single, going to second on a sacrifice bunt and scoring on Cesar Cedeno's double to left. Cedeno came home on a single by Cabell .

Houston added three runs in the seventh on singles by Art Howe and Jose Cruz , a two-run triple by Alan Ashby and a single by Puhl . The Astros' final run crossed in the eighth when Cabell reached first on an error by Royster , stole second, went to third on Cruz ' grounder and scored on a single by Ashby .

It had been a big day for the brothers Forsch, but in particular for Ken. He went on to an 11-6 record that season.

Source: Researched and written by author Rich Westcott ( RichWestcott.com / Rich Westcott Books ), original text from No-Hitters (McFarland, 02/15/2000, 'Ken Forsch', Page 305).

On July 14, 1978 , Ken Forsch pitched two innings in relief during a 13-inning contest and earned a win versus the Montreal Expos. That same day, July 14, 1978 , in game 2 of a scheduled doubleheader, Ken took the mound in relief, blew the save, but earned another win versus the Montreal Expos. Ken Forsch was the first Houston Astros pitchers in team history to have to two relief wins in the same day.

In 1976, Ken Forsch pitched in fifty-two games, started none, and was named to the 1976 All-Star Game as a relief pitcher. In 1981, Ken Forsch pitched in twenty games, started all twenty games, and was named to the 1981 All-Star Game as a starting pitcher.

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