Sad news from Detroit as Jim Northrup, hero of the 1968 World Series, has died at the age of 71, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Northrup, a Michigan native, hit a two-out, two-run triple in the top of the seventh inning off of Bob Gibson to break the scoreless tie in Game 7. The Tigers would go on to win the game 4-1 and take the series.
Northrup had recently been admitted to an Alzheimer's care facility, the paper reported.
An outfielder, Northrup played parts of 12 seasons in the majors, starting with the Tigers from 1964-84. He was then traded to Montreal and Baltimore. Northrup last played in 1975 with the Orioles.
Overall, he hit .267/.333/.429 in his career with 153 home runs.
Northrup later served as a TV broadcaster for Tigers games.For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.