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Former Cleveland Indians Broadcaster Mike Hegan Dies at Age 71

December 27th, 2013 at 1:49 PM
By Jeff D. Gorman

Mike Hegan, a native of Cleveland who played 12 years in the major leagues before joining the Indians broadcast team, died on Christmas morning in Hilton Head, S.C, according to the team's website.

Hegan grew up around the Indians, as his father, Jim Hegan, was a catcher for the 1948 World Series championship team. 

Mike Hegan got his own taste of the World Series. He was drafted in 1961 by the New York Yankees and appeared in the 1964 World Series with them.

Hegan was an All-Star with the Seattle Pilots in 1969 and stayed with the team when they moved to Milwaukee to become the Brewers in 1970. He finished his 12-year career with the Oakland A's.

Hegan spent another dozen years in the Brewers' broadcast booth before joining the Tribe's announce crew in 1989. He called the Indians' games for 23 years on radio and TV, teaming up with Jack Corrigan, Tom Hamilton, Dave Nelson and Matt Underwood.

As a broadcaster, Hegan had a pleasant voice and did a good job of using his experience as a player to help viewers understand the game.

Tags: Baseball, Cleveland, Cleveland Indians, MLB

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