Longtime play-by-play man McLeod dead at 67


In light of McLeod's passing, former Cavs superstar LeBron James posted a heart-felt dedication on Twitter with his condolences.

McLeod had been calling Cavs games since 2006 alongside Austin Carr. and was a fan favorite in Cleveland.

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.

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 Cleveland Cavaliers organization woke up on Tuesday morning to shocking news. Fred's deep love for Cleveland and the Cavaliers was clearly evident in everything he did in and around the community and on-air during his more than 1,000 Cavalier game broadcasts.

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McLeod was slated to begin his 14th consecutive season and 15th overall with the Cavaliers.

After WJW, McLeod spent time working in San Francisco and then eventually became the announcer for the Detroit Pistons, a position he held until he came home to Cleveland.

McLeod, who grew up in Ohio, had been the Cavaliers play-by-play announcer on Fox Sports Ohio since 2006.

McLeod also spent time during his career calling Major League Baseball games for the Indians and the Detroit Tigers, as well as the NFL's Lions. In the video, McLeod's passion for the team and skill as an announcer are both on full display.