December 26, 2013
Mike Hegan
BASEBALL PLAYER, BROADCASTER

Mike Hegan, a onetime major league baseball player who was a longtime broadcaster with the Cleveland Indians, died Dec. 25 in Hilton Head, S.C. He was 71.

The Indians announced his death but provide no details.

Mr. Hegan was a radio and TV broadcaster for the Indians for 23 years before retiring after the 2011 season. He spent 12 seasons as a broadcaster with the Milwaukee Brewers earlier in his career.

Mr. Hegan, the son of former Indians catcher Jim Hegan, made the American League All-Star team with the Seattle Pilots (now the Milwaukee Brewers) in 1969 and helped the Oakland Athletics win the 1972 World Series. He later played in the 1964 World Series with the New York Yankees.

He hit .242 with 53 home runs as a first baseman and outfielder before retiring as a player in 1977.

Ricky Lawson
DRUMMER

Ricky Lawson, a drummer who was a founding member of the jazz fusion group Yellowjackets and who collaborated with musicians including Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins and Whitney Houston, died Dec. 23 at a hospital in Long Beach, Calif. He was 59.

He had been on life support after a brain hemorrhage, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Mr. Lawson, a Detroit native, entered the music business before graduating from high school and developed into a top studio musician in the 1980s. As a member of the Yellowjackets, he won a 1986 Grammy Award for the recording “And You Know That.”

He was a prominent studio drummer whose work appeared on Houston’s version of “I Will Always Love You.” He also performed with Al Jarreau, George Benson, Bette Midler, Quincy Jones and many others.

After Mr. Lawson became disoriented during a performance on Dec. 13, an aneurysm was diagnosed.

— From news services