CLEVELAND, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- The death of longtime Cleveland Indians broadcaster Mike Hegan has "deeply saddened" the team, the organization says.
"On this special day of spending time and appreciating our families, the Cleveland Indians organization is deeply saddened to lose a member of our family with the loss of Mike Hegan this morning down in Hilton Head, SC with family by his side," the team said in a statement released Wednesday.
"Mike spent 50 years of his life in the game of baseball with almost half of that covering Cleveland Indians baseball (23 years total) in the TV and radio booths. He was the son of Indians great catcher Jim Hegan. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Nancy and the entire Hegan family," the statement added.
Hegan, 71, and his radio broadcast partner, Tom Hamilton, called Indians games for 14 years until Hegan retired in 2011, the same year he was inducted into the Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame, the Plain Dealer in Cleveland reported.
He began his broadcasting career in Milwaukee after a 12-year professional career as a first baseman and outfielder with the New York Yankees, Seattle Pilots and Oakland A's.