Known as the voice of the Cleveland Indians, much loved former broadcaster, Mike Hegan is dead at 71. Inducted in the Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame in 2011, Hegan spent 14 years of his career broadcasting Indians games. His passion echoed with long-time broadcasting partner, Tom Hamilton. While Hegan never played for the Indians he did play with other big league teams like the Yankees, Brewers and Oakland as a first baseman and outfielder. He was also a star athlete during his younger years at the infamous St. Ignatius High School.
The Indians released the statement that Hegan died Christmas morning, surrounded by family. The cause of death has been listed as a possible untreated heart condition. His death will be mourned by many who listened to him. Hegan retired in 2011 amid reports of health issues relating to possible respiratory problems and potential back problems he suffered. His presence was missed and it will continue to be as he leaves behind a legacy of athleticism and passion for the sport.
Mike Hegan, famed and much loved, former Cleveland Indians Broadcaster is dead at 71. Survived by his beautiful wife, Nancy, his two sons – Shawn and J.J. and four grandchildren, our thoughts go out to his family, friends and all of his fans.