A long-time member of the Cleveland Indians family has passed away. The Indians announced via their Twitter account that former broadcaster Mike Hegan died of heart failure Wednesday at the age of 71.
The son of famed Indians catcher Jim Hegan, Mike Hegan played ball in the majors with the Yankees, A’s, Brewers and Seattle Pilots. In ’72 he played in the World Series as a backup first baseman with the legendary Charlie Finley Athletics. He was an All-Star in ’69 as a member of the Pilots.
After leaving baseball Hegan went into broadcasting, working for the Brewers for 12 years before moving into the Indians booth in 1989. There Hegan would stay until his retirement in 2011.
In 2011 Mike Hegan was inducted into the Greater Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame.