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Memorial Service For Ex-Tiger Jim Northrup

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Detroit Tigers outfielder Jim Northrup is shown Feb. 24, 1974. (credit: file photo/AP)

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Northrup’s family will receive visitors beginning at 11 a.m. at the Elton Black and Son Funeral Home, 3295 East Highland Road in Highland.

Former Tiger teammate and close friend Denny Mclain remembers the “Silver Fox” as a big part of the ’68 championship team.

“He meant a lot to that ball club. He was the edge… if there was an edge on a ball club, he owned that edge. He was great to watch play,  he was terrific to watch play. And all he wanted to do was do his best everyday he could, and I think he did that,” Mclain said.

“He hit, probably, more grand slams while I was on the mound per capita than any other hitter for any other pitcher in the history of the game. I’ll never forget him.”

Northrup hit five grand slams in 1968 alone, including one when Mclain won game six of the world series, setting up Northrup’s series winning triple in game seven in the Tigers 4-1 win.

Northrup died a week ago at age 71. Read more here.

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