Cleveland Cavs Announcer Fred McLeod Dead at 67

Lawrence Kim
September 10, 2019

Longtime sportscaster and play-by-play announcer for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Fred McLeod, has died.

Details of McLeod's passing have not been released at this time.

Sad news shook the Cavs family on Tuesday morning, when it was announced that legendary play-by-play announcer Fred McLeod passed away at the age of 67.

A native of Strongsville, OH, McLeod was 57 and had spent almost four decades in broadcasting.

One of Fred's most legendary calls came in 2016 when the Cavs won the National Basketball Association title against the Golden State Warriors to end the city's championship drought. screaming, "Goodnight, Oakland. He was a true, heart-felt ambassador for the team, fans and entire greater Cleveland community".

Fred was a Point Park University (Pittsburgh) graduate, where he played baseball and pitched in the NAIA College World Series.

McLeod had been the full-time announcer with the Cavaliers since the 2006-07 season. McLeod saw plenty of the good and the bad and the in-between during his time in Cleveland. While calling the action for his hometown team, he has since coined many signature calls like "Right down Euclid!"

In 1982, McLeod took a job in Detroit and became the play-by-play voice for the Pistons in 1984. One thing is for sure, everyone here at FOX 8 smiled when Fred was on our TVs.

"The entire Detroit Lions organization extends its heartfelt sympathies and condolences to his wife, Beth, his family and members of the TV broadcast community he helped mentor for more than four decades".

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