Published: Wed, September 11, 2019
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Cleveland Cavs Announcer Fred McLeod Dead at 67

Cleveland Cavs Announcer Fred McLeod Dead at 67

- Former Detroit sportscaster Fred McLeod has passed away.

Play-by-play broadcaster Fred McLeod died Monday evening.

The longtime sportscaster and announcer, who called Cleveland's National Basketball Association championship in 2016 and told his cameraman to keep rolling when Stanford's band was on the field in 1982, died Monday.

"The entire Cavaliers organization mourns the loss of their great friend and teammate", the Cavaliers' statement said.

James came to know McLeod quite well during his two stints with the Cavs. "We send our deepest condolences to his wife, Beth, and his entire family during this most hard time." .

McLeod was slated to begin his 14th consecutive season and 15th overall with the Cavaliers. In addition to his play-by-play duties, Fred also served as the Cavaliers' Executive Producer for Multimedia, providing fans behind-the-scenes access on, Cavs HQ, Twitter and Facebook with daily updates and interviews during the season. The late announcer called games for a total of 36 seasons and also spent 22 seasons announcing Pistons games prior to returning to his home state in 2006.

McLeod had been the full-time announcer with the Cavaliers since the 2006-07 season.

At the time he did the play-by-play commentary for our coverage of the Cleveland Indians games during the 1979 season. He also had experience calling games for the Detroit Tigers and preseason games for the Detroit Lions. In the video, McLeod's passion for the team and skill as an announcer are both on full display.

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