Mike Hegan was an original member of the Milwaukee Brewers and later a

Mike Hegan - Photo courtesy of SportingNews.com

Mike Hegan – Photo courtesy of SportingNews.com

broadcaster for the team.  Hegan passed away at his home in Hilton Head, South Carolina after a long illness.  He was 71.

Mike Hegan was the son of legendary Cleveland Indians catcher Jim Hegan and was playing for the Seattle Pilots when Bud Selig purchased them out of bankruptcy in 1970.

Hegan played in 586 games with the Brewers, hitting .249 with 42 home runs and 188 rbi’s.  He became the first Brewer to hit for the cycle in 1976 when he went 4 for 5 with six rbi’s off of Detroit’s Mark Fidyrch at Tiger Stadium.

Hegan won a World Series ring with Oakland in 1972.  In 965 career games in the majors, Hegan hit .242 with 53 homers and 229 rbi’s and was an all-star with the Pilots.

Hegan at one time, held the American League record with 178 consecutive errorless games at 1st base until it was broken by Boston’s Kevin Youkilis in 2007.

After Hegan retired as a player, he spent 12 years in the Brewers broadcast booth before moving to Cleveland in 1989.  He worked 23 years in the Indians radio and television booth.

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