Today on the blog we have a 1971 "dedicated rookie" for former Houston Astros pitcher Ken Forsch, who made him Big League debut with four starts during the 1970 season:
Forsch went 1-2 with a 5.63 earned run average in his debut, pitching 24 innings and striking out 13, completing one game.
He had a very good sophomore season in 1971, going 8-8 with a 2.53 ERA over 33 appearances, 23 of those starts, tossing two shutouts and putting in 188.1 innings of work.
He'll go on to put in a 16 year Major League career, with a stretch as a reliever between 1974 and 1978 before returning to a starting role in 1979.
In 1981 he'd find himself playing for the California Angels, where he would play the final five years of his career.Overall, he finished his career with a record of 114-113, with a 3.37 ERA over 521 appearances, 241 of them starts, with 70 complete games, 18 shutouts, 51 saves and 1047 strikeouts over 2127.1 innings pitched, making two All-Star teams and tossing a no-hitter on April 7th of 1979, joining his brother Bob, who also threw a no-hitter just about a year earlier with the St. Louis Cardinals.