Dear Northrup family,
My name is Kevin Svetcos and I have a story to tell. My dad was my t-ball team coach and he promised that at the end of the year he would get every one on the team an autographed baseball from the Detroit Tigers. At the end of the season he bought a case (24) of Rawlings baseballs and took them to a Sears near where we lived. Mr. Northrup was there that day and my dad and I were in line. We got to the front, dad put down the case and basically said here ya go. Mr. Northrup looked at my dad and basically said what the heck. :^D My dad told Mr. Northrup of his promise of signed baseballs for the team and that he was going to make good on it. Mr. Northrup basically told my dad to go pound sand because he wasn't going to sign all those baseballs. Dad said not happening, he made a promise to a bunch of 6 y/o boys and he was going to deliver, and don't you know that Mr. Northrup actually signed every single blessed one of those balls? He wasn't happy about it, but he did it. He was cussing like a drunken sailor, but he did it. Every last one.
I served in the military, and my career eventually took me to the Washington, DC area where I have worked with all branches of uniformed members of the DoD since 9/11. During both my active duty days and with working with the men and women in uniform (most who have served at least one rotation in Iraq and/or Afghanistan) we hold a man's character and integrity as the true measure of the man, and I am here to tell you that I often think of Mr. Northrup and the integrity and character he showed on that day signing all of those baseballs for all those kids. Unsurpassed. After that day, Jim Northrup was my favorite Tiger and he was an inspiration to me on how a person should live their life. I remember dad handing out those baseballs and the looks on everyone's faces and I remember how I felt when I got mine. That was the talk for YEARS after. Because of his integrity and character, Mr. Northrup impacted not only 12 other boys but also their families because dad told the story to every single kid and parent, not to spread the news of dad's "tenacity", but to tell everyone of how Mr. Northrup handled the situation
Ironically, I grew up in Holly and graduated from there. I just saw that Mr. Northrup spent some time towards the end of his career on earth there, and I feel somewhat cheated because I have wanted to thank him for some time for doing that. To find out he has passed 2.5 yrs. ago disappoints me to know I can't thank him; to know that he lived his last days in my home town and in a facility so near to where I lived as a boy just rubs salt into the wound.
I don't know if you'll even see this entry, but I had to leave it regardless of if you see it or not. I don't know how Jim Nortrup lived his life in general, but I do know that on that day and in that situation, he shone bright. He made an incredible impact on me not as much as a ball player as he did a human being and I am forever grateful.
If you have any questions or comments, I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Otherwise, I'll thank you for your time in reading this. Take care and God bless. Mr. Northrup may be gone but as long as I live, he will never be forgotten.
Dear Jim Northrup family.
I found out he passing tonight from newspaper. Jim Northrup! He is so great good man and played in whole sports. I’m very sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers Lived formerly Grand Blanc. Please accept my sympathy My heart goes out to you during this difficult time. Do you want do anything for you? I would like keep in touch with you. I know his son Jimmy, Jim Northrup and Jim (his son) we played golf with me and my Dad (Joe Reske) Landscape designer, Jimmy - maybe you could remember me? I had lost (your Dad) phone numbers then disappear for a while. Also good memories played during low puck hockey every Sunday morning in Southfield hockey rink. Also wonderful attended to ballpark. I would like to for Jim (young son) Check with me and contact me. I will tell you more where am I now. God bless you! Jim Northrup is peace in rest. May God bless to Tiger team won World Series 1968 Championship. Keep in touch. Thank you!
John Reske (deaf and low vision).
To all of Jim's family I pray that you all make it through this tough time. Just hold your family close and stay strong.
I Beverly Northrup Rhodes, and my family Roy and Gloria Northrup used to love the visits from Uncle Jerry and Aunt Pauline and Jim, Jerry and Micky. Even though I was one of terrible teenagers when the boys were younger....LOL...The three of them loved to torment me, but they really were closer with my sister Connie as they were of approximately the same age.
Again Patti, am so sorry you lost Jim so soon. The loss of a loved one is never easy and when that loss is your partner in life, no one can know how much that loss can hurt.
Much love to your family from Bev and Bill Rhodes, Jody & Den Walker, William A and Kim Rhodes
Would it be possible to send me a copy of Jim's memorial card so that I can put it in Grandma Northrup's Bible? I would appreciate that more than you could ever know.
sorry my e-mail address was printed wrong.if jim jr would use email@example.com i would really appreciate to here from u.i know that u were young at that point and time but i m 55 now and remember the northrup family like it was yesterday. once again i m sorry for your loss and may good health be with you all.
Jim, you lived the story of EVERY kid who ever played sandlot ball. Bob Gibson, a triple, and a world series.
You seem to give alot of yourself when you had the chance, your Family Loves you.
Many Good Memories, Peace to Your Family, God Bless you and yours.
to the Northrup family, Jim has been great to me watching him in the stand or interveiwing him Tiger Stadium , he was a class person my thoughts to the family on the loss of a great man
Butch Davis River Rouge,Mi, DSBA member
peggy im sorry for your loss.i ve been thinking about jim and u all very reciently for some unknown reason and now i know y. jim was and is still my idol and hero as u guys lived behind us in detroit and jim took me and my brothers to several games.jim jr and the mclellan gang played together all summer long for two years that u rented the place on biltmore in detroit.please have jim jr get ahold of me @ firstname.lastname@example.org once im sorry a great man is gone.long live the memories
Detroit Tiger Jim Northrup,
I (Roy Shankel) was in boot camp for the Navy during the fall of 1968 and our company commander let us watch the series. Most of us were from Michigan and we persuaded him to let us watch, it was great! I will always have these memories provided by you and the Tigers as heroes of the sport and I take pride that you are my mom's cousin, which gave our family some bragging rights! Love to all of the family from Duane and Barbara (Northrup) Shankel, Roy and Linda Shankel, Dan and Rita Shankel, Raymond and Sue Shankel and Mary Shankel and families.
Always MY Tiger!.....the reason the #5 has alway been my favorite number.....he was GREAT in '68, but I loved him in '67 too, I was 10. When the city burned around me the Tigers played on! Jim was my asbestos shielding me from the heat of life. The Guard through your yard, or Northrup tracking one down. So many players from that team excelled because they wanted to win. My buddy Moe was in Louisville, KY on May 22, 2011 and per my request he picked out an Ash bat for me.....couldn't get the 35 oz. I requested but picked out a 33 oz. instead. A few minutes after he called to tell me only 33 oz. was available, he called back to ask if I wanted my name on it, after all it was free!, my response was immediate, NO!, please have them put Jim Northrup and if possible add the #5 after. He laughed and said O.K.. A few days later it was in my hands.....SWEEEEET! it was suggested I should have him autograph it and I thought it may be possible, I knew he still lived in the area. June 8, 2011 the thought of the autograph ended.....but not the glory of having a hero! Cherished not only for his skills on the field, but also for his honesty and determination! he wasn't afraid to tell the truth as he saw it, even when others didn't see it the same way. The team nicknamed him "Sweet Lips" for just that reason. Even Al Kaline said he was the backbone of the 1968 team! I hold the whole team of Detroit Tigers of 1968 as a special memory, and everyone knows I love my Tigers, but I will only have one favorite Tiger forever.....Jim Northrup! May he rest in peace!
As an Orioles fan all my life I would like to send my best wishes to all his family and friends. I just lost my Father today and was looking over the notices and found Jim's.My Dad was a huge Orioles fan, and anyone who played for us was is always in our thoughts. God Bless
Jim Northrup gave the Alma College Class of 1962 a sense of pride and he is remembered by many of us for his brilliant career with the Detroit Tigers. Sincerely, Judith Smith Oakes
Jim you were always there for anyone who needed your help. I remember the days down on Otter in Waterford. Thanks for your friendship. We will all miss you Rest in Peace Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Rob Susan and Katie Ashworth
THank you so much for the class and dignity with which you played. It was a joy to watch the 1968 Tigers and the fun they brought to the game. I was at the SUnday game in the rain, but was glad to be there. Rest in Peace and thanks for the memories.
I thank you for giving Detroit such a memorable 1968 world series. I was able to attend Game 5 and that game will be a highlight of my life. My heartfelt sympathies the Northrup Family.. Go get em Tigers!
Patty and Children, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Your family has always been special to our family, with love, The Kapps, Dennis, Dawn, Liz, Lawrence and Denny,
I remember MR JIM NORTHRUP when in high school my teacher let the whole class listen to the series on the radio. When MR NORTHRUP hit that triple the class went wild. That was a geat game in 68. RIP MR JIM NORTHRUP. YOU WILL BE MISSED AND NOT FOR GOTTEN.
R.I.P. Jim. You won't be forgotten.
I remember all the games I attended and watched as a Tiger fan with Northrup, Stanley and Kaline roaming the outfield in Tiger Stadium,ahh those were the days with Ernie Harwell as the Detroit announcer..
We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God Bless
Jim was my hero growing up and when he w with as a broadcaster me and my two kids were at the game and i taped the game on pass and he mentioned my name and my kids that we were there . i still have the tape my prayers are with Jims family
I can't tell you how much I always enjoyed seeing you guys at the Tiger functions and the parties at Fred's. Please know that all of the campers believed Jim was truly a friend and that means a great deal to everyone.
He was just one of the best.
Much love to the family.
One of my favorite memories is the 1968 Detroit Tigers. Jim Northrup was one of my favorite players. Jim will be missed. May God rest his soul.
Jim was a great athlete. i remember his 1968 world series exploits . he also played in the last game at the old yankee stadium in 1973. all of baseball is praying for him and the family. jim will be remembered at the yankee old times game june 26 and at next years ny nj baseball writers association dinner in nyc in january,2012.
JIM WOULD CALL ME THE "BUFFALO"
A GOOD FRIEND. MANY GOOD TIMES YEARS AGO!!!!
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Northrup Family!
Joe and Sandy Neace
Jim Northrup was such a great ballplayer whose heroics on the field inspired many young Tiger fans everywhere. His courage in facing the constant pain of Rhumetoid Arthritis should be an inspiration to those same youngsters as they advance in years. Jim was always a gentleman and my wife and I always enjoyed seeing him and speaking to him at card shows and the times he attended events with the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame. Thanks for all of the photos, autographs and smiles Jim!
John and Susie Makar
Michigan Sports Hall of Fame
Thanks for the memories Mr. Northrup. I was 17 in 1968, and I will NEVER forget you boys of that year.
I grew up following Jim's career in baseball being he was my first cousin and what a joy it was to have him as part of our family and to follow along in his success. Our condolences to all. Thinking of you Jerry and all the family.
Sue Emery Miller
Have lost a very dear friend.Spent many happy hours with him at both our and his home on Otter drive in Waterford. Jim and Naja Bird
We were neighbors with Jim when he lived on Knolls Dr. in Waterford. We have three sons and one of our favorite memories for us and them is when he would hit balls to them. For our son Bills graduation in 1981 he gave him a baseball signed by all the Tigers that year and gave him tickets to attend a game. Jim was a caring down to earth man, a talented baseball player, and a good neighbor who will be missed by all of us. Our sincere sympathy to his family. Bill and Jan Peters, Trinity Florida
Our memories of Jim come from Alma College where I played baseball with Jim. He was a super athlete and was on his way to the pros at that time. We also became good friends of his brother Jerry and want to send condolences to all his family. Marie and Gary Belleville in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
I can remember being in front of the tv with my father, he was such a fan, watching the tigers win the 1968 World Series,to me Jim, and the rest of that team was the best ever. I can still see the joy on my father's face. Jim, rest in peace and have fun playing in heaven. It seems like it was only yesterday
Thanks Jim for making the 68 World Series unforgettable.
R.I.P as a Cleveland Indians fan I will always remember the fits you gave the Cleveland pitchers everytime you faced them. Good Luck on your journey to a much better place.
Jim will now be with Norn Cash and others from my beloved Detroit Tigers. Keep playing baseball Jim. You were loved and will be remembered forever. God Bless you now, and your family
I remember Jim Northrup and the 1968 World Series Champs. I'm from Maine but lived in Michigan from 1966 - 1968 and learned to love baseball watching the Tigers play. After I came back to Maine...I obviously became a Red Sox fan...but my love of baseball goes back to the 1966 - 1968 Detroit Tigers. Jim Northrup was a great player and it is sad to see him go. God rest his soul.
As a young boy living in Binghamton NY, I never got to watch my Detroit Tigers play often. However, I will never forget watching the Tigers play the O's in 1972 on the Saturday Game of the Week and seeing Jim Northrup climbing the left field fence at Tiger stadium to take a home run away and giving Mickey Lolich the victory!
The Gray Fox was one of my favorite Tigers - rest in peace.
Thanks for all the great memories .the 68 Tiger team will be remember forever. RIP
WE ARE SO VERY SAD TO HEAR OF JIMS PASSING, WE ARE SO GLAD TO HAVE MET HIM AND SHARED MANY GOOD TIMES IN THE PAST 20 YEARS,HE WILL ALWAYS REMAIN IN OUR THOUGHTS, PRAYERS AND HEARTS, ALL OF HIS FAMILY HAS OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY,
you played for tigers now you play for the angles
The Gray Fox he was kindly thought of by players in the system in the early 70's. My prayers go out to Jims family and friends. I was 19 when I first met Jim in spring training in 1970 and he was a character. He will be missed. D. Horton
The gray fox is a fond memory to this ball player that got to throw alot of bp to him in the early 70's. He will be sadly missed. D. Horton
I am from Merrill, Mi. I wonder how many times he played on their field as a member of the Saint Louis Sharks?
I sure will miss him.
To the Northrup family- Deepest sympathy and prayers to you all in this very sad time. Jim Northrup was my very favorite player and I thank him for all the wonderful and exciting times he provided Tiger fans . May you all find some comfort in the knowledge that you are in the prayers and thoughts of many.
RIP. Jim.... Sending love and prayers to your family...
Dan, Rita and Daniel Shankel
IN 1964 JIM PLAYED RIGHT FIELD FOR THE SYRACUSE CHIEFS OF THE INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE.HE HAD A GREAT SEASON FOR THE CHIEFS WITH WILLIE HORTON IN LEFT FIELD AND MACK JONES[ON LOAN FROM THE MILWAUKEE BRAVES] IN CENTER FIELD.HE WAS NAMED ROOKIE OF THE YEAR FOR THE I.L. BEFORE HE AND HORTON HEADED FOR DETROIT.I REMEMBER ROOTING FOR JIM AND WILL REMEMBER HIM FOREVER YOUNG.MY SYMPATHIES TO HIS FAMILY. MARTY NAVE,SYRACUSE CHIEFS FAN.
Jim and family...I remember your timely visits to stay with us when we lived in Alma...Oh Yeah! I was one of those terrible teens, but secretly I did love having your whole family around! And I know that Connie always looked forward to your visits. Some of the best times of her life. Loved you then, love you now and I can assure you, you have such a large and loving family waiting for you that you should never be lonely.
Hugs and Love to Jim and all his family.
Bev Northrup Rhodes
What a class act and true representative of the Tiger organization. R.I.P. Jim
Only by coincidence I had to be in Detroit this week on business (I'm from Ohio) and went to the the corner of Trumbull and Michigan and took some photos of the Tiger Stadium site. So many memories of my favorite team and that beautiful ball park. Of course I thought of Jim Northrup. My sincere condolences to his family and friends.
Another boyhood hero dies. Jim was one of my favorite Detroit players. He joins many others who went before him. Baseball has lost another All-Star.
R.I.P. Jim Northrup! Our thoughts and prayers go out to his Family!
Jim is one of my all time favorite Tigers. My sympathies go out to his family May God comfort you at this time.
R.I.P UNCLE JIM YOU WILL BE MISSED.
My wife and I have many great memories of Tiger games at Briggs stadium and watching Jim hit them over the right field fence....and 1968 was really special!!!!Rest In Peace Jim
Jim How does it look from the Batters box. I hear that the center-field fence is short. Have fun.
He will be forever a Tiger in the hearts of all Detroit Tigers fans. Our thoughts and Prayers go out to The Northrup Family.
I have so many wonderful memories of the Tiger games with Jim Northrup. He was always one of my favorite players.
My deepest sympathies to the Northrup family. Jim was one of my heroes as a ball player and later, I was honored to know him as a friend of Hank's. Say hello to High Henry Jim. You were and always will be a class act.
One of my all time favorite Tigers . God Bless
I am truly sorry for your lost. In your time of bereavement, know that God assures us that we will see our loved ones again. I’m sure that with the help of our loving Heavenly Father, your family, and friends you will be able to endure this trial. May your memories give you comfort.
T. Gates, Stockbridge, GA
To Jim Jr, Pagie and Katie, - I remember your Dad teaching all of us kids on Crosley Drive in Reford, Mi to play baseball in the street. He will be greatly missed. Your familes friendship has meant alot to our family over the years. We are so sorry for your loss. - The Charles Rogers Family
Thanks for the wonderful memories, Mr. Northrup! You were indeed one of my all-time baseball heroes.
The Tigers of the 1960s, especially 1968, were a very special team. I'll never forget Curt Flood turning and stumbling as your long fly ball sailed over his head for a triple and sealed the Tigers' World Series victory in Game Seven. The win was made even sweeter by the fact that not only did Lolich notch his third victory of the Series in that final game, but that he beat Bob Gibson in the process.
May God rest your soul, Jim Northrup.
A sad day for Tiger fans!! RIP.
When I was a kid my Mom had a record about the 68 Tigers. If I remember corectly he hit 2 grand slams against the Orioles in one game. He was awesome, thank you Jim.
Thank you Jim for the memories you made to a young boy growing up in mid MI. Who listen to the Tigers every chance I got. And for the miracle season 1968 may god take you into his arms and have eternal happiness amen.
Thank you Jim for the memories you made to a young boy growing up in mid MI. Who listen to the Tigers every chance I got. And for the miracle season 1968 may god take you into his arms and have eternal happiness amen.
"My condolences to the Northrup family in the loss of there loved one. May the God of all comfort (2 Cor 1:3,4) help you to endure at this time of grief. Gail Williams (Al).
To the family of Jim Northrup
If there is basball in heaven, Jim is on the home team and in the starting lineup...Thanks for all the great baseball memories . My sincere condolences to all of you
Winter Haven, Fl
So sorry,to hear about Jim. He was great! Folks, I have apiece of History,that I am sure the family would love to have. My name is Mike Howe,I live in south Dakota, My telephone # is 605-941-9911. I wouls just need your address as where to send it for the family. Please contact me. God Bless your Family throgh this time. Thank you, Mike M. Howe
A great ball player and a gentleman. Thank you for all the wonderful childhood memories.
Jim thrilled everyone in Michigan when he played for the Tigers. We are so sorry for your loss.
I had just moved to TN (Cardinal country), got into a fight over the series that resulted in me getting kicked off the school bus. The win was my redemption. I recall to people how you could walk down the street in my Dearborn neighborhood that summer and hear the games, as every radio on the block was tuned in. Wonderful team. Wonderful Jimmy. Thank you.
I watched Jim patrol the outfield with Kaline, Horton and Stanley. He was a clutch hitter. The '68 Series with the Cardinals was one of the best in the history of baseball. Especially, with Lolich beating Gibson.
There were many stars (Cepeda, Brock, Maris.Torre and McCarver for the Cards and McLain, Matthews, Cash and Freehan on the Tigers. It was Jim that provided the difference and gave Detroit the championship.
God Bless, to all family members. Thanks for the memories.
I was a kid in Muskegon in 1968, that team and that time were special. God speed Jim Northrup
To the the family of Jim Northrup - May God give you peace and comfort through his word and the Lord Jesus Christ during this time of sorrow, I know that he will be missed by many.
One of my favorite all time Detroit Tigers...Loved to hear Northrup, Horton and Kaline in the outfield...He always had such a sweet swing....Sorry to hear about his passing....Prayers to the family and to Jim.......Condolances.....Gary Yacks, Knoxville, TN
A great hero of mine from my childhood.In 1968,I did not miss a single home game at Tigers Stadium including the World Series.A great player who always came through in a pinch.He will be missed.
Richard Edwin Wagner Jr.
One of my baseball heroes as a kid growing up in Michigan, I played baseball (outfielder), and I also went gray early like he did. Thank you Jim Northrup for the memories and inspiration to play the game. Have a game of catch with my uncle Bob in Heaven with you. He played for the Cubs organization. God bless.
May God receive you into His loving arms.
Rest in Peace Jim, You gave us many thrills back in the days. With you, Al Kaline, Mickey Stanley and Willie Horton, it was the best 4 outfield combination of the day. You'll always be remember fondly by the generations of baseball fans that you helped bring together in the 60's. Ray Thibodeau Walnut Creek CA ...but forever a Tiger Fan
Thanks for the memories, You were a Tiger Legend.
Jim Northrup was one of my favorite Tigers growing up as a child in the Detroit area and he was always a role model as an athlete. Our prayers for the Northrup family.
I played basketball with Jim, when we played against the Harlem Globetrotters in Alma 1961-1962. I got out of service from Viet Nam in 1968 and he got me tickets to the World Series. Bless you Jim. Played in a couple golf outings with him and Freeham. They could hit the golfball 300 yds or better,Bill knew where his was going but Jim wasn't sure where his 300 yader was going. Ha!
Long my favorite Tiger - watched him in 1966 hit a ball off Hoyt Wilhelm of the White Sox, hit the back of the upper deck wall, and I think it was still rising. Had to supply all the power himself off a knuckler. So sad to read of his passing, my sympathies to the family..
I WAS ONLY 10 YEARS OLD WHEN I SAW THIS.
thanks for the memories jimmy, my childhood hero, i will always remember you and what you did in "68"
May God Bless Jim and his family.I was an 11 year old watching Jim play for the Syracuse Chiefs.He was always nice to us kids.I have a couple of black and white pictures I took on a camera day which he autographed for me.Once I repaired a broken bat of his as that was how we got bats to use.God Bless!!!....Dennis Shea(now retired in Texas)