Hegan grew up shagging flies with dad Jim at Cleveland's Municipal Stadium, and came
up only four years after his father's last season. Although in only five games with
the 1964 Yankees, he appeared in the WS that year. In 1969 the strapping lefthander
led Seattle with a .292 mark. A popular, all-out player, Hegan took pride in his
defense; he set a ML record by playing 178 consecutive errorless games at first base
from 1970 to 1973. He retired to become a Milwaukee broadcaster.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»June 22, 1970: Rod Carew, batting .376 for the Twins, injures his right knee during an attempted double play when Milwaukee's Mike Hegan slides into Carew. The injury will require surgery and sideline him until September. Harmon Killebrew's 5th inning homer with two on enables the Twins to beat the Brewers, 4–3 behind Jim Kaat.
»July 8, 1975: The Royals jump on Milwaukee starter Bill Travers for five runs in a third of an inning and flatten the Brewers, 9–1. The Brewers lone run is George Scott's 16th homer of the year. Mike Hegan pinch hits for Hank Aaron, the 6th time in his career that's occurred. All the pinch hitters have been lefties.