Mike Hegan

Mike Hegan
Mike Hegan
First baseman / Outfielder
Born: July 21, 1942 (1942-07-21) (age 69)
Cleveland, Ohio
Batted: Left Threw: Left 
MLB debut
September 13, 1964 for the New York Yankees
Last MLB appearance
July 8, 1977 for the Milwaukee Brewers
Career statistics
Batting average     .242
Hits     504
Runs batted in     229
Career highlights and awards

James Michael "Mike" Hegan (born July 21, 1942 in Cleveland, Ohio) is an American former Major League Baseball first baseman and outfielder and later radio announcer for the Cleveland Indians. In 1969, Hegan hit the first home run in Seattle Pilots history in his first at-bat.

He is the son of longtime Indians catcher Jim Hegan. A graduate of Saint Ignatius High School, Hegan began his major league career with the New York Yankees in 1964, also playing for the Seattle Pilots, Milwaukee Brewers, and the Oakland Athletics as an outfielder and first baseman. He holds the distinction of being the only All-Star to represent the Pilots in their only year in Seattle. He was a member of the 1972 World Champion Oakland Athletics, chiefly as a pinch hitter and defensive replacement for starting first baseman Mike Epstein. Hegan was the last batter in the (pre-renovation) Yankee Stadium, flying out to center field as the Yankees lost to Detroit, 8-5 on September 30, 1973. On September 3, 1976, he hit for the cycle. Hegan also held the American League record for most consecutive error-less games as a first baseman (178), until it was broken by Kevin Youkilis on September 7, 2007.

After his retirement from baseball as a player, Hegan spent the next twelve seasons as a color commentator for the Brewers. He joined the Indians in 1989 and has served as a broadcaster on both radio and television. Beginning in the 2007 season, he worked exclusively on radio broadcasts, paired with Tom Hamilton[1] and later with Hamilton and Jim Rosenhaus in 2010 as part of a three-man broadcast team.[2] In 2012, Hegan will transition from the broadcast booth to a role with the Indians as an alumni ambassador.[3]

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