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Joe Tait: It's Been a Real Ball: Stories from a Hall-Of-Fame Sports Broadcasting Career

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Legendary broadcaster Joe Tait is like an old family friend to three generations of Cleveland sports fans. This book celebrates his hall-of-fame career with stories from Joe and dozens of fans, media colleagues, and players. It's co-written with Joe by award-winning sportswriter Terry Pluto.

What made Joe Tait so special? Fans believed him. He was "one of us." He made the

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Paperback, 256 pages
Published November 28th 2011 by Not Avail (first published January 1st 2011)
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Linda
If you're not from Cleveland, you might not readily recognize Joe Tait, the book's subject. He retired after the last NBA season as the Cavalier's radio voice for nearly the entire history of the franchise. Tait was also the radio and TV voice for the Tribe during several years. Through all that public exposure he's remained very private and this book attempts to shed some light on the man behind the microphone.

Author Terry Pluto is also well known as a sportswriter, columnist and chronicler of
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Joe Donatelli
I grew up listening to Joe Tait call Cleveland Cavs games on WWWE during the 1980s. I usually watched the East Coast games on television. The Mountain and Pacific games were on when my parents watched television and — this being back when families only had one television — I was sent off to my room to listen to Tait describe the action on the court in rich detail. Thank God mom and dad never wanted to miss an episode of “L.A. Law.” Otherwise Joe Tait would not have been such a big part of my you ...more
Craig
I really enjoyed this pseudo-biography of Joe Tait, the longtime radio announcer for the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball franchise. Some may also remember Tait calling Cleveland Indians games on television and the radio.

The book is written with a similar narrative style to Terry Pluto's "Things I've Learned from Watching the Browns: What Makes Cleveland Browns Fans Keep Coming Back for More?," which is another book by the highly regarded northeastern Ohio sports and religion writer.

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David Schau
Joe Tait, the voice, a set of pipes anyone would like to have. It is the story of Mr. Tait as told by Terry Pluto, author of over 25 sports titles. There are reminiscences of those who knew Mr. Tait from his days as an announcer for both teams and those who listened to his play-by-play over WWWE radio in more than half the country. WWWE claimed that they could be heard in "38 states and half of Canada". I remember listening to him in southern Missouri. The story begins with his boyhood in rural ...more
Bryan Jaketic
Joe Tait is a hall of fame broadcaster, and a Cleveland legend. He's also a bit of an oddball, and makes a great subject of a book - both for who he is and what he's seen. The book is well written, but leaves you wanting more. It is very short, and filled with a ton of fan letters and testimonials about Joe Tait. The testimonials provide a nice insight into Tait as a person, but they got very redundant very quickly, and interrupted the flow of the book. They should have been trimmed back, and th ...more
Jerry
For any Cleland Sports fan that remembers the 70's - 80's. Super
Damian Serbu
Fun to read if you're a Cavs fan!
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Terry Pluto is a sports columnist for the Plain Dealer. He has twice been honored by the Associated Press Sports Editors as the nations top sports columnist for medium-sized newspapers. He is a nine-time winner of the Ohio Sports Writer of the Year award and has received more than 50 state and local writing awards. In 2005 he was inducted into the Cleveland Journalism Hall of Fame. He is the autho ...more
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