July 08, 2014
"I first met Mike when his father Jim ,who at the time was a pro bb player,made visits to the Parmadale orphanage to help us kids.he would bring his young son along(Mike).this was in the forties. We were ecstatic that such a famous person would actually care to visit us. Mike fit right in with us. The Hegans were definitely first class people. I also went to the same HS as Mike but 4years ahead of him."
January 09, 2014
"Like father, like sons. Mike and dad Jim were alike on and off the field. Class, sure-handed,dedication, talent, but always family first. Mike and his father were big names in Lynn, Massachusetts before they joined the Indians teepee. Mike was playing for the Yanks in the last game at original Yankee Stadium and he kindly left two tickets for me and my mother in our first visit to the Big Apple. We got his tickets via wife Nancy's great Dad and enjoyed seeing Mike become the last batter in "original" Stadium history. We also met Mrs. Babe Ruth there that day. Mike played against me in youth baseball in Lynn and hit two long home runs in a lopsided victory over my squad.I visited Mike in the Indians radio both at Fenway Park years later and he gave me an autograph with a message saying: "Bob, we have great memories from those days". Great for him ... but not for me when his team beat us 22 to 6. It was Mike's humanity, style, skill, and family that made him shine. As a boy, Mike played for first-ever East Lynn Little League city champs and Dad watched some of Mike's games standing in the crowd with Hall of Famers Bob Feller, Bob Lemon, Early Wynn and Lou Boudreau. Mike's kid team was named the "Giants" and it must have hurt Dad Jim when his Indians got scalped in four straight games by the NY "GIANTS" in the 1954 world series. Lynn's Fraser Field still honors Mike and Jim with nice photos and stories in the Clubhouse Hall of Fame, and a while back, Mike's mom Clare came to Fraser Field before a Lynn game and received copies of Mike and Jim's hall of fame awards. I am the curator. God has blessed the world with the wonderful Hegan family of Lynn and Cleveland fame. God's baseball team in Heaven will go 162-and-O now that He has dad Jim catching and son Mike playing first base."
January 01, 2014
"I grew up in and spent a good portion of my life in Cleveland. I remember Mike's father Jim as a great defensive catcher for the Indians. I also listened to mike on the Indians broadcasts.Mike made you feel you at the ball game."
December 31, 2013
"I am so sorry to hear this, we had pulmo rehab classes together and he always made me feel better about myself. always upbeat and spoke so highly of his wife, tough going through this difficult breathing problems, but we hsve angels here and out there helping us, a breathe is so priceless......"
December 31, 2013
"May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow."