Former Brewers player, broadcaster Mike Hegan dies at 71

Mike Hegan, who played 12 years in the majors, including seven with the Brewers, died Christmas morning at the age of 71, according to the Cleveland Indians which posted the news on Twitter.

Hegan played for the Brewers from 1970-71 and 1974-77. Hegan also played for the New York Yankees, Seattle Pilots and Oakland Athletics, batting .242 with 53 home runs in 965 games.

Hegan’s best year came in 1970, the first year for the Brewers in Milwaukee after moving from Seattle, setting career highs with 148 games, 11 home runs, 70 runs and 52 runs batted in.

Hegan hit the first home run in Pilots history and won a World Series with the A’s in 1972.

After retiring, Hegan served as a broadcaster for 12 years for the Brewers, including the 1982 World Series season, and later the Indians, where he worked until 2011.

At one point, Hegan held the record for consecutive errorless game by a first baseman, 178. The streak started when he was with the Brewers on Sept. 24, 1970.

In 1981, Hegan also opened a batting cage in New Berlin, Wisc., called Mike Hegan’s Field of Dreams.

Hegan was the son of former major-league catcher Jim Hegan, who played for 17 seasons, mainly with the Indians.