According to several sources, long-time Detroit announcer Fred McLeod passed away Monday evening.
From 1984 to 2006, McLeod served as the play-by-play announcer for the Detroit Pistons. Prior to that, he had worked some local Tigers and Detroit Lions games, as well.
Just this summer, McLeod returned to Detroit after a stint with Fox Sports Ohio. He served as the local play-by-play announcer for the Detroit Lions during the preseason.
The Cleveland Cavaliers—who were blessed with McLeod as their play-by-play announcer for every season since 2006—released this following statement. Here’s a snippet:
One of the most accomplished and respected announcers in the NBA, Fred recently celebrated his 36th season of broadcasting games, having also spent 22 seasons announcing Detroit Pistons games, prior to returning home to join the Cavaliers in 2006. Fred spent the 1979 MLB baseball season in Cleveland as well, as a TV announcer for the Cleveland Indians. His diverse and extensive sports broadcasting career also included time with the NFL’s Detroit Lions and MLB’s Detroit Tigers.
Fred was a multiple regional Emmy Award winner as part of the Fox Sports Ohio Cavs broadcast crew, along with his beloved game broadcast partner Austin Carr. He was also a proud recipient of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences’ prestigious Silver Circle Award in recognition of lifetime achievement in television.
Fred was a Point Park University (Pittsburgh) graduate, where he played baseball and pitched in the NAIA College World Series.
Fred will be missed. Rest in peace.
UPDATE: Here is a statement from the Detroit Lions: