Joe Tait: It’s Been a Real Ball


CLEVELAND, OH - November 14, 2011 - Legendary broadcaster Joe Tait is like an old family friend to three generations of Cleveland sports fans. Northeast Ohioans know him best as the “Voice of the Cleveland Cavaliers” where he called the radio play-by-play from the team's first year in the NBA, 1970, until his retirement in 2011 (with the exception of two years in the early 1980s).

His animated voice and no-nonsense announcing brought the excitement of Cavaliers games home to listeners. Many also fondly recall him as one of the best play-by-play announcers ever to broadcast Cleveland Indians games (1973 to 1987) and as the longtime announcer for Mount Union football.

His new book “Joe Tait: It’s Been a Real Ball,” co-written with award-winning sportswriter Terry Pluto, celebrates the hall-of-famer’s career with stories from the man himself and dozens of fans, media colleagues, and players. Pluto weaves a roughly chronological narrative that hits the highlights of Tait’s remarkable career and uncovers some touching personal details.

WHO: Hall of Fame sportscaster and former “Voice of the Cavs,” Joe Tait and award winning sportswriter Terry Pluto.
WHAT: The book will be for sale ($15.95) at the Cavaliers Team Shop. Tait and Pluto (Pluto is scheduled to arrive by 12:30 p.m.) will be there to meet-and-greet fans and sign the book.
WHERE: The Cavaliers Team Shop at Quicken Loans Arena
WHEN: Wednesday, November 16th from Noon - 2:00 p.m.

Cleveland’s own award-winning chef and Food Network star Michael Symon’s “The B Spot” at The Q (located next to the Cavaliers Team Shop) will be open for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Fans can meet Joe and Terry, get a book and grab a great lunch!