Hall of Fame Broadcaster and Former “Voice of the Cavs” Returns to Meet Fans and Sign His New Book

Joe Tait's Book “It’s Been a Real Ball”

CLEVELAND, OH - November 30, 2011 - Joe Tait will meet-and-greet fans and sign his new book “It’s Been a Real Ball” at the Cavaliers Team Shop at Quicken Loans Arena on Friday, December 2nd from noon to 2:00 p.m. The book will be available for purchase for $15.95. Purchase Online at CavaliersTeamShop.com

Lunch Special! In honor of Joe Tait’s book signing, Cleveland’s own award-winning chef and Food Network Star Michael Symon’s “The B Spot” at The Q will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Located next to the Cavaliers Team Shop, fans can plan to meet Joe, get a book and grab a great lunch!

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.