Today In Brewer History: Welcome back Hegan

A former Seattle Pilot and original Brewer returned to Milwaukee 39 years ago today.

First baseman/outfielder Mike Hegan is one of the more notable position players of the Brewers' early years. As a Seattle Pilot in 1969 he hit the first home run in franchise history, and he later appeared in 148 games for the inaugural Brewers in 1970. In June of 1971, though, the Brewers sold him to Oakland.

Hegan had been an Athletic and a Yankee by this time in 1974, when the Brewers purchased him from New York and brought him back to Milwaukee. The next day he was back in the lineup at DH, and he appeared in 89 of the team's remaining 135 games, hitting .237/.347/.395.

Hegan played parts of four more seasons in Milwaukee, and is perhaps best known for becoming the first Brewer ever to hit for the cycle in 1976.

With help from the B-Ref Play Index, happy birthday today to:

Today is also the 30th anniversary of Ben Oglivie's three-homer game in 1983, which we covered in this space two years ago, and the seventh anniversary of the 2006 trade that brought lefty reliever Brian Shouse to Milwaukee, which we covered in this space last year.

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