Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Mike Hegan July 21, 1942 - Dec. 25, 2013 Baseball Player and Broadcaster for the Indians

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Mike Hegan July 21, 1942 - Dec. 25, 2013 Baseball Player and Broadcaster for the Indians

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Mike Hegan, the scion of a Cleveland baseball family who played a dozen seasons elsewhere in the big leagues but returned to his hometown as a longtime broadcaster for the Indians, died Wednesday in Hilton Head, S.C. He was 71.

The Indians announced his death on Twitter. The Associated Press reported that the cause was a heart problem.

From 1964 to 1977, Mr. Hegan had two stints with the New York Yankees and two with the Milwaukee Brewers. He also played for the Seattle Pilots in 1969, their only year of existence before the franchise migrated to Milwaukee, and the Oakland A's.

A sometime outfielder (and, after 1972, a designated hitter), he was better known as a slick-fielding first baseman. From Sept. 24, 1970, when he was a Brewer, until June 3, 1973, with Oakland, he played 178 games at first base without committing an error, at the time a major league record for the position. (Kevin Youkilis, whose streak of 238 consecutive errorless games at first for the Red Sox ended in 2008, is now the record-holder.)

James Michael Hegan was born in Cleveland on July 21, 1942, and grew up there; in Lynn, Mass.; and in Lakewood, Ohio. He was the son of Jim Hegan, then a young player for the Indians and, from 1946 to 1956, their starting catcher. …

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