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Mike Hegan, member of original Milwaukee Brewers team, dies at 71

Chuck Quirmbach, Wisconsin Public Radio

Mike Hegan, a prominent original player on the Milwaukee Brewers baseball team, has passed away.

Hegan was a member of the Seattle Pilots when the franchise moved to Milwaukee and became the Brewers in 1970. He played in Milwaukee for just a couple years before leaving for other teams, but came back to the Brewers in the middle of the decade for a few more seasons.

Hegan later was a Brewers television broadcaster and owned a couple of indoor batting cages.

Retired journalism instructor Gregg Hoffman, who has covered Milwaukee baseball for about 40 years, says Hegan was not a star player but was still a very important one for the Brewers franchise.

“He was one of those guys you just knew was probably going to end up in media work,” says Hoffman. “He was good with us – he would cooperate with us. They needed some of their players to talk to the media, and thus through the media to the fans.”

Hoffman now writes a blog called the Midwest Diamond Report and for the Brewers ballpark program. He notes that another early brewer, George Scott, also passed away this year, and that the first Brewers players are now in their 60s and 70s.

Hegan was 71.