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RIP Jim Northrup

Jim Northrup passed away.  He played eleven seasons in a Tigers uniform from 1964 through 1974 and he’s best known for two things.  First, he hit five grand slams in 1968.  Second, in that same year, he drove home the winning run in game seven of the 1968 World Series.  He was also indirectly involved in one of the most unusual manging moves ever.  Because of his breakout season in 1968, the Tigers found themselves with four solid outfielders so manager Mayo Smith moved Mickey Stantley to shortstop for the tail end of the regular season and the World Series.

For a great look at Northrup’s career, be sue to check out this great piece by Chris Jaffe over at the Hardball Times.  You can also check out some of his game highlights at the 1968 Tigers site.

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