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Former Tiger Jim Northrup dies at 71

Updated: June 8, 2011, 11:59 PM ET
Associated Press

DETROIT -- Former Detroit Tigers outfielder Jim Northrup, who hit a decisive two-run triple in Game 7 of the 1968 World Series, died Wednesday. He was 71.

Longtime friend Bill Wischman said Northrup after having a seizure at an assisted living facility in Grand Blanc. Wischman says Northrup had been in poor health for some time and had been at the home for about a month because of Alzheimer's disease.

Northrup spent parts of 12 seasons in the major leagues.

His seventh-inning ...

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