Fred McLeod, broadcaster who called Cavs' title, dies at 67

Published by Will Gibson

The Cleveland Cavaliers lost a treasured family member Monday evening, when TV voice Fred McLeod passed away suddenly at the age of 67. But McLeod was a native of OH, and the Cavaliers were his team.

"The entire Cavaliers organization mourns the loss of their great friend and teammate", the team said in a release.

It was a defining moment in his career-Fred McLeod making the legendary call that the Cleveland Cavaliers won the 2016 NBA Championship, ending a long 52-year drought. He recently celebrated his 36th season in broadcasting.

McLeod called more than 1,000 Cleveland games for FOX Sports Ohio, including the 2016 National Basketball Association championship. "He was a true, heart-felt ambassador for the team, fans and entire greater Cleveland community". He also served as a TV announcer for the Cleveland Indians during the 1979 Major League Baseball season. In the video, McLeod's passion for the team and skill as an announcer are both on full display.

McLeod spent 22 seasons announcing Pistons games before joining the Cavs in 2006. He also had experience calling games for the Detroit Tigers and preseason games for the Detroit Lions.

In an interview with, Fred says his goal for each broadcast was to make people smile or laugh.

We here at WJW send our deepest condolences to Fred's family, including his wife, Beth, and his three children.



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