Saturday, January 31, 2015

#632 Mike Hegan

Jim's career path with franchises repeats itself twice with a stint in Oakland sandwiched in between…Son of major league catcher Jim Hegan…Was the Cleveland’s bat boy when dad played for the tribe….Father and Son career span were two years apart....Signed out of the Yankees organization he was the first player purchased and signed by the Seattle Pilots June 1968…Finished that season in Yankee farm system….Hit the first Pilot franchise home run ever on opening day….Had a fast start for the first year Pilots and was named to the all star team…did not play due to injury and was replaced by Don Mincher…Followed team to Milwaukee in 1970 and was the regular 1st baseman appearing in 148 games…hit .244 and drove in 52 runs in some what an underachievement...1971: A slow start resulted in being sold to Oakland…The trade off was being a on winning team but becoming seldom used subsitute…Stayed in Oakland until August 1973 when sold to Yankees for second go round in NY…Dealt to Milwaukee again mid 1974….Played there in a variety of roles until 1977….First Brewer to hit for cycle in 1976….Did play by play and owned a series of batting cages in the Milwaukee area…in  died in 2013 was married for 50 years...*note one of my all time favorite card photos.


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