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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Northrup remembered by his alma mater

Former Tigers outfielder Jim Northrup, one of the heroes of the 1968 World Championship team, passed away from a seizure on Wednesday. The 71-year-old Northrup had been in deteriorating condition from Alzheimer's for a few years.

He was honored with a moment of silence prior to Thursday's game between the Tigers and Mariners.

Born in Breckenridge, Mich., and playing high school ball just down M-46 at St. Louis High School — the geographic Middle of the Mitten — before earning 15 varsity letters at nearby Alma College, the former Detroit Tigers outfielder was always fondly remembered in the mid-Michigan area fondly.

Here's a video put together by his alma mater, where the scoreboard at the baseball stadium, Klenk Park, is named in honor of Northrup. Here's a link to the Alma College website's statement on Northrup's passing.


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