Indians salute Mike Hegan

Mike Hegan was honored by the Cleveland Indians for his 50th

year in professional baseball.

Hegan’s four grandchildren tossed out ceremonial first pitches

following ceremonies Saturday night during a doubleheader against

the Minnesota Twins.

The son of former Indians great catcher Jim Hegan signed with

the New York Yankees in 1961, played 12 seasons in the majors and

has been a broadcaster for 34 years, the last 23 with


Hegan was an AL All-Star with the Seattle Pilots in 1969 and

helped the Oakland Athletics win the 1972 World Series.

Hegan and the late Indians pitcher and broadcaster Herb Score

are nominees for the 2012 Ford Frick Award presented for excellence

in baseball broadcasting.