Sunday, September 28, 2014

MISSING IN ACTION OR CAREER CAPPER: 1976 JIM NORTHRUP

Let's give long-time Detroit Tiger Jim Northrup some "props" and allow me to post my design for a 1976 Topps card capping off his solid Major League career:


In 1975, Northrup concluded a nice 12 year career, suiting up in 84 games for the Baltimore Orioles, mainly in the outfield.
In that partial season of action, he put up solid numbers: a .273 average with five homers and 29 runs batted in.
I think a final card for the guy would have been nice. Don't you?
The first ten years of Northrup's career were as a member of the Detroit Tigers outfield as a steady starter who hit as much as 25 homers (1969) and drove in as much as 90 runs (1968) in a season.
During the Tigers' World Championship season of 1968, he even received some consideration for Most Valuable Player, finishing in 13th place, as he led the Champs in hits and R.B.I.'s (153 and 90 respectively).
It's easy to forget he teamed up with Al Kaline and Willie Horton for years manning the Detroit outfield, making up a very solid threesome out there.
By the time he wrapped up his career in 1975, Northrup finished with a .267 career average along with 153 homers, 610 runs batted in and 1254 hits.

2 comments:

  1. I remember Jim Northup in his final year with the Baltimore Orioles. He got into a lot of games as a lefty pinch hitter. Nice card Gio! He also played briefly for the Montreal Expos in 1974. Hard to find a photo of him in an Expo uniform. Hint hint Gio... I think he also hit a grand slam in the 1968 World Series.

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  2. I don't really remember him with the O's yet I kinda do, lol. Was he in the SSPC set? Maybe that's where. Always liked him. I kinda started seriously following (and understanding) baseball in the fall of 1972. The Tigers were lead by Billy Martin and I remember that team with Norm Cash, Mickey Lolich and Al Kaline along with Northrup. Also liked the O's color scheme on the 76 Topps cards. Nice card G.

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