Remembering Fred McLeod's 2016 Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Championship call

Carla Harmon
September 10, 2019

In this video first shared by his wife Beth McLeod in 2016, sportscaster Fred McLeod is shown celebrating the Cleveland Cavaliers' NBA title win.

Longtime Cleveland Cavs broadcaster and Northeast Ohio native Fred McLeod passed away last evening after suffering a heart attack. No details regarding a cause of death have been released.

Cleveland Cavs Announcer Fred McLeod Dead at 67

McLeod grew up in Strongsville where he was a two-sport star.

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


The entire Cleveland Cavaliers organization woke up on Tuesday morning to shocking news.

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.


McLeod spent 24 years in Detroit with Channel 2 and Channel 4 before leaving for Cleveland as play-by-play voice of the Cleveland Cavaliers, a position he has held since the 2006-07 season. "He was a true, heart-felt ambassador for the team, fans and entire greater Cleveland community". He was about to embark on his 14th consecutive season, and 15th overall, as he served in the same capacity with the Cavs during the 1979-80 season.

While in Detroit, McLeod spent 22 seasons announcing Detroit Pistons games, prior to returning home to join the Cavaliers in 2006.


He played both baseball and basketball. "We send our deepest condolences to his wife, Beth, and his entire family during this most hard time." .

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