Mike Hegan, former Indians and Brewers broadcaster, passes away at 71

Eric P. Mull-US PRESSWIRE

The former major league first baseman and outfielder served as an analyst on television and radio for 35 years in Milwaukee and Cleveland.

Former longtime Cleveland Indians broadcaster Mike Hegan died on Christmas morning, the team announced on Wednesday. Hegan was 71.

Hegan hit .242/.341/.371 in 965 games in parts of 12 major league seasons from 1964-1977 with the New York Yankees, Seattle Pilots, Milwaukee Brewers and Oakland Athletics, playing primarily first base and the corner outfield spots. He was an All-Star in 1969 with Seattle.

He was the son of former Indians catcher Jim Hegan, who was a five-time All-Star with Cleveland in the 1940s and 1950s and a member of the Indians Hall of Fame.

Hegan called games for the Brewers after his playing career ended until getting hired by the Indians to broadcast games in 1989. Hegan was a game analyst on both television and radio in Cleveland for 23 years, including 14 years in the radio booth with Tom Hamilton.

Hegan is survived by his wife, Nancy, two sons, and four grandchildren.

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