Former Indians broadcaster Mike Hegan passes away
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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Very sad day when he retired (though understandable with the health issues). Hard to listen to Tribe games on the radio without him there.
Good memories listening to Mike Hegan and Jack Corrigan on WUAB 43.