The Indians family is in mourning on this Christmas day, as one of their long-time great broadcasters, Mike Hegan, passed away at the age of 71. Hegan never actually played a game for the Tribe, but was beloved for everything he did as an ambassador for the team in the broadcast booth. He helped call the action for 23 years, joining the Indians broadcast team back in 1989.
The Cleveland native stepped away from the booth for good in 2012. He graduated from St. Ignatius High School in 1960. It did not take long for him to work his way into the hearts of Clevelanders, considering his dad, Jim, caught for the Indians in 1948, the team's last championship season.
He was an all-star in 1969 with the Seattle Pilots and went on to win a World Series ring with the 1972 Oakland Athletics. He played in 12 Major League seasons, breaking into the league in 1964 with the Yankees. He retired from the game in 1977 with the Brewers.