Friday, June 20, 2014

June 20, 1986: Forsch Surpasses Dizzy

     On June 20, 1986, Bob Forsch surpassed Dizzy Dean on the Cardinals all time win list, with a 9-2 win over the Phillies at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia. It was his 135th victory as a Cardinal, and moved him into fifth on the franchise's all time wins list. Forsch was assisted by home runs off the bats of Curt Ford and Jack Clark during the nine run explosion. Ford's big blast led off the game, but Forsch gave up a long ball to Philadelphia's lead off hitter Jeff Stone who tied it up at 1. The score remained tied until the fourth when Clark's bat put the Birds on top, and there would be no looking back, as they extended the lead to 4-2 before the fourth inning came to a close. The Birds added three more in the fifth, and another in the sixth, before the Phillies answered back in the bottom of the sixth with a run that put the score at 7-2. The hurler helped his own cause in the ninth with a ribbie, before an error led to the ninth Redbird run of the contest. While Forsch had his hiccups, which included putting two men on in the ninth, he worked his way around the Philadelphia lineup, before he locked down the complete game winner. The moment the 27th out was recorded Forsch had surpassed a legendary member of the Gashouse Gang.

     Only Bill Doak, Bill Sherdel, Jesse Haines, and Bob Gibson were ahead of him on that list, and he would eventually surpass both Doak and Sherdel, as he won 163 games with the Birds on the Bat across his chest. To date, only Jesse Haines and Bob Gibson have more wins in a Cardinals uniform.

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