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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.
He also played for Montreal and Baltimore and later worked as a sportscaster with the Pass Sports network, in the 1980s and ‘90s.
“He was completely unselfish with his time,” Wischman said.
“Jimmy didn’t want to lose at anything,” McLain told the Detroit Free Press. “He was even competitive at the postgame meal. He was the emotional backbone of our team that year. He’d get mad at you if he even saw you exchanging pleasantries with guys from the other team. Jimmy was a big reason why we were just a grind-it-out-type of team.”
He made his major league debut in 1964. In 1,392 major league games, he hit 153 home runs, drove in 610 runs and batted .267.
“As ill as he was, he never complained,” the friend said.
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