Jim Northrup (AP Photo)
DETROIT (AP) — Former Detroit Tigers outfielder Jim Northrup, who hit a decisive two-run triple in Game 7 of the 1968 World Series, has died. He was 71.
Longtime friend Bill Wischman said Northrup died Wednesday 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 triple in the final game of the 1968 series broke open a scoreless game and scored Norm Cash and Willie Horton. Detroit went on to win 4-1.
He also played for Montreal and Baltimore and later worked as a sportscaster.
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