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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Mike Hegan passes away

Former Cleveland Indians broadcaster and longtime Major Leaguer Mike Hegan passed away on Christmas morning at the age of 71.

Hegan joined the Indians broadcast team in 1989. He last called a game in 2012.

A Cleveland native and second-generation Major Leaguer, Hegan graduated from St. Ignatius High School in 1960. His father, Jim, caught 14 seasons with the Indians from 1941-1957, missing three years due to World War II.

An all-star in 1969 with the Seattle Pilots, Mike Hegan won a World Series ring with the Oakland Athletics in 1972. He played 12 Major League seasons starting in 1964 with the Yankees and ending in 1977 with the Brewers.

Thanks to DK.

Repoz Posted: December 25, 2013 at 09:43 PM | 11 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Bruce Markusen Posted: December 25, 2013 at 10:55 PM (#4623965)
Especially sad news coming on Christmas Day. Hegan had heart problems that forced him to retire near the end of the 2011 season.

Mike was particularly helpful to me in writing about the A's of Charlie Finley. He was very thoughtful and insightful, and had a good memory of events. Among other things, he said that there was no doubt that Billy Martin ordered Lerrin LaGrow to throw at Campaneris during the 1972 playoffs. It was obvious to all of the A's what was going on.

The play that he made against the Reds in Game Two of the 1972 World Series remained underrated, overshadowed by Joe Rudi's catch against the wall. He made a fantastic backhanded grab of a smash by Cesar Geronimo, smothered the ball, and then basically crawled to first base to pick up the second out. It was a huge play, just about as important as the Rudi play because it would have been an easy double for Geronimo and would have put runners on second and third with one out in a one-run game.

Hegan was an excellent first baseman, the Wes Parker of the American League. Sorry to hear about his passing.
   2. jobu Posted: December 25, 2013 at 11:17 PM (#4623970)
A member of the first team I rooted for, the 1972 A's, and another sign my youth is long gone. RIP.
   3. ajnrules Posted: December 25, 2013 at 11:55 PM (#4623976)
There goes another member of the Pilots, and another colorful character from Ball Four. RIP
   4. djordan Posted: December 26, 2013 at 12:06 AM (#4623977)
Hegan's '72 A's season remains a tremendous bench player in Sim Baseball. Excellent defense along with incredible pinch hitting.
   5. Sunday silence Posted: December 26, 2013 at 12:52 AM (#4623982)
Bob Boone's father also played for those Indian teams. How many father son combos played once for the Indians?
   6. winnipegwhip Posted: December 26, 2013 at 01:40 AM (#4623987)
Bob Boone's father also played for those Indian teams. How many father son combos played once for the Indians?

Mike Tresh immediately came to mind. He played there in 1949.
   7. winnipegwhip Posted: December 26, 2013 at 01:41 AM (#4623988)
I guess you could also add Tito Francona to that list as well
   8. AndrewJ Posted: December 26, 2013 at 06:42 AM (#4623997)
Also Jim Bagby Sr. and Jr.
   9. Morty Causa Posted: December 26, 2013 at 09:31 AM (#4624024)
Never heard him announce, but I would think that the guy who came up with maybe the most memorable line in a classic book filled with memorable lines had to have had his moments.
   10. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 26, 2013 at 10:44 AM (#4624080)
Earl Averill Sr. and Jr.

Buddy and David Bell

Cam and Mark Carreon
   11. BDC Posted: December 26, 2013 at 11:09 AM (#4624096)
I remember owning this Mike Hegan card: always seemed fitting to me, because it emphasized his glove. He was a better hitter than I remember, though.

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