We're wrapping up the holiday with some sad news tonight as former Seattle Pilot and original Milwaukee Brewer Mike Hegan has passed away, the Indians reported on Wednesday. He was 71 years old.
Hegan was one of the best offensive players on the original Seattle Pilots, appearing in 95 games and hitting .292/.427/.461 with eight home runs. He parlayed that success into an Opening Day roster spot with the 1970 Brewers and played in 148 games, hitting a career high eleven homers.
The Brewers sold Hegan to the A's in 1971, but reacquired him in 1974 and he played his final four seasons in Milwaukee. On September 3, 1976 he became the first Brewer ever to hit for the cycle. All told, he played 12 MLB seasons as a member of three teams, appearing in 965 games.
Hegan had been working as a broadcaster for the Indians for 23 seasons before his passing.