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Former Indians broadcaster Mike Hegan passes away

Former Indians broadcaster Mike Hegan passes away
December 25, 2013
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The Cleveland Indians lost one of their own on Christmas with the passing of former broadcaster Mike Hegan.  He passed away from heart failure with his family by his side in Hilton Head, SC.

Hegan, 71, spent 50 years of his life in the game of baseball with almost half of that covering Cleveland Indians baseball.  His father Jim Hegan was the catcher during the Indians' glory years for most of the 40s and 50s, and he attended high school at St. Ignatius in Cleveland. He played 12 years in the major leagues, most of them with the Milwaukee Brewers, and hit .242 with 53 HR, 229 RBI and .712 OPS in 965 career games.

After Hegan retired from professional baseball in 1977, he spent the next 12 seasons as a television color commentator for the Brewers before being hired by the Indians in 1989 as the color commentary for WUAB Channel 43. Over the years he did both television and radio before exclusively moving to the radio booth in 2007. He retired after the 2011 season.

Hegan had health issues he battled with during his final days in the radio booth which contributed to a premature departure from the game.

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User Comments

Hermie13
December 27, 2013 - 9:33 AM EST
Very sad news, thoughts and prayers to the Hegan family.

Very sad day when he retired (though understandable with the health issues). Hard to listen to Tribe games on the radio without him there.
Charles Galeti, Jr.
December 26, 2013 - 5:07 PM EST
The world is unfair. We lose Hegan and we're stuck with Underwood. Amen to the last post. Underwood is probably drunk at a bar in Ashland as I type this -- what else is new?

Good memories listening to Mike Hegan and Jack Corrigan on WUAB 43.
Every Indians Fan Everywhere
December 26, 2013 - 3:18 PM EST
It should have been you Underwood, it should have been you...
Devin
December 26, 2013 - 9:48 AM EST
Very sad news. He did a great job on the broadcasts. Listening to games just isn't the same without him.
Avory
December 26, 2013 - 3:17 AM EST
Mike and his father had long careers in the majors, both due to gloves rather than bats. It was all the more remarkable for Mike since he was primarily a first baseman. He was one of the rare breed like Wes Parker or Tommy Hutton who could hang on to jobs even though all they offered was an outstanding mitt at an offensive position. I also appreciated Mike's broadcasting work, which was properly restrained, unlike some of the others in our booths. No melodrama from Hegan, or snarkiness or over-the-top histrionics. Just a solid informed baseball guy who did his job well. As long as there is a Cleveland Indians history to chronicle, there will be a prominent place for the Hegan family. They were part of us, and Mike, like his dad, will be sorely missed.
Nick
December 26, 2013 - 12:28 AM EST
Very sad to hear - I enjoyed listening to his voice for many, many years. A lot of good memories. RIP to someone who seemed like a very kind and caring man.
art
December 26, 2013 - 12:16 AM EST
Sorry to read this, enjoyed listening to him broadcast games. RIP
MT88 in WI
December 25, 2013 - 11:19 PM EST
Sad to lose a true class act, a Clevelander and a fellow Ignatius grad. Thoughts and prayers to his family...
Jake
December 25, 2013 - 10:23 PM EST
This is a very sad ending to my Christmas. Im 31 so i grew up listening to Mike Hegan broadcasting Indians games. He was a class act and a true Clevelander. He will be missed
Andrew
December 25, 2013 - 10:18 PM EST
Think the caption should be Mike, not Jim.

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