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Joe Tait is like a family friend to three generations of Cleveland sports fans. This book celebrates his Hall-of-Fame broadcasting career with stories from Joe and dozens of fans, media colleagues, and players. He was "the Voice of the Cleveland Cavaliers." But to fans, Joe was also "one of us." Cavs basketball, Indians baseball, or Mount Union football, he made the game c Joe Tait is like a family friend to three generations of Cleveland sports fans. This book celebrates his Hall-of-Fame broadcasting career with stories from Joe and dozens of fans, media colleagues, and players. He was "the Voice of the Cleveland Cavaliers." But to fans, Joe was also "one of us." Cavs basketball, Indians baseball, or Mount Union football, he made the game come alive, and wasn't afraid to speak his mind--even when it might get him in trouble with the coach or the owner. He inspired a generation of young broadcasters, and phrases he invented became part of the common language of Northeast Ohio sports.These stories will make you feel like you're sharing a personal play-by-play recap with one of the best announcers in all of sports.


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Joe Tait is like a family friend to three generations of Cleveland sports fans. This book celebrates his Hall-of-Fame broadcasting career with stories from Joe and dozens of fans, media colleagues, and players. He was "the Voice of the Cleveland Cavaliers." But to fans, Joe was also "one of us." Cavs basketball, Indians baseball, or Mount Union football, he made the game c Joe Tait is like a family friend to three generations of Cleveland sports fans. This book celebrates his Hall-of-Fame broadcasting career with stories from Joe and dozens of fans, media colleagues, and players. He was "the Voice of the Cleveland Cavaliers." But to fans, Joe was also "one of us." Cavs basketball, Indians baseball, or Mount Union football, he made the game come alive, and wasn't afraid to speak his mind--even when it might get him in trouble with the coach or the owner. He inspired a generation of young broadcasters, and phrases he invented became part of the common language of Northeast Ohio sports.These stories will make you feel like you're sharing a personal play-by-play recap with one of the best announcers in all of sports.

30 review for Joe Tait: Stories from a Hall-of-Fame Sports Broadcasting Career: It's Been a Real Ball

  1. 4 out of 5

    Bigred

    a very typical Terry Pluto..written in third person with a great nod to what the makes subject- in this case- Joe Tait, come alive and get into him in depth as a person and a broadcaster. This book is well written is easy to read along with some great stories from Joe's 39 years as Cavs broadcaster. a very typical Terry Pluto..written in third person with a great nod to what the makes subject- in this case- Joe Tait, come alive and get into him in depth as a person and a broadcaster. This book is well written is easy to read along with some great stories from Joe's 39 years as Cavs broadcaster.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Aldon Rachele

    Good book.Give It five stars

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sheri Johnson

    Great book! I will miss Joe so much. This book captured his life perfectly!

  4. 4 out of 5

    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 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 Cleveland sports subjects. Tait asked him to colleborate on this book. We learn much about Joe's childhood, love of trains and his family. He keeps his first wife, kids and second wife more in shadows to keep them out of the spotlight. The book is heavy on how Tait broke into the business and earned his major league exposure. At times, it's a little heavy handed and preachy talking about those times. You don't get as much on Tait's later years when he became exhausted and disillusioned wiht life on the road and the current generation of NBA players. Pluto's book would be even shorter if he left out pages of e-mails and testomionals from fans, former producers and others lucky enough to have crossed Tait's path. It's a sincere but easy way to pad a book---do we really expect anyone who doesn't like Tait to respond to a request to talk about him from a fan or coworker points of view? Still, it's great that Tait has found an outlet for the pure forms of sport by doing some high school football and the Mt. Union football game play by play. I loved how he started each Tribe broadcast with "It's a beautiful day for baseball." His sign off for the Cavs was "Have a great night everybody." In his final broadcast he amended it to, "Have a great life everybody." Thanks and the same to you, Mr. Tait.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    It's 2011, and I am as far removed from Cleveland, Ohio, as I can possibly be. On an island in another hemisphere, I cue up the Internet, plug my earbuds into my laptop, and curl up to listen to Joe Tait's final game as a radio announcer for the Cavaliers. What was so great about Joe Tait? His wealth of perspective from decades observing the game, combined with his lovable-curmudgeon personality and dry wit, made me tune in to listen to Joe even when I didn't care about the game. Unfortunately, It's 2011, and I am as far removed from Cleveland, Ohio, as I can possibly be. On an island in another hemisphere, I cue up the Internet, plug my earbuds into my laptop, and curl up to listen to Joe Tait's final game as a radio announcer for the Cavaliers. What was so great about Joe Tait? His wealth of perspective from decades observing the game, combined with his lovable-curmudgeon personality and dry wit, made me tune in to listen to Joe even when I didn't care about the game. Unfortunately, I had suspected for a while that Tait's days were numbered; although loyal to the fans and the team, it was clear from his commentary that he was becoming disillusioned with the commercial spectacle the NBA had become. That, combined with a health scare, finally pushed him to retirement. This book was fun to read. Tait's recollections of the wild-and-crazy early days of the NBA are absolutely priceless, and a few former Cavs also share their stories from the NBA's golden years. (An example: To save money on transportation, for a time the team asked Tait to drive a station wagon full of players to away games.) And as a Tait fan, it was a treat to learn about his past and how he broke into radio. I found myself giggling often as I read the book, and reading aloud some of the more memorable passages to my boyfriend. The book bogged down a bit through the baseball sections (Tait also announced Cleveland Indians games for years), but that's just me, and I'm not huge into baseball. The Cavs' current announcers are great, but I will never forget Joe Tait, and I will always miss him. This book has done an admirable job of sketching a picture of the man behind the voice. Thanks for the memories, Joe, and have a good night, everybody!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Rex Libris

    A must-read for every Cleveland sports fan. This book is both a not-so-in-depth biography of Joe Tait and a history of the Cleveland sports scene from the 70's on up. Tait's life is touched upon here and there, with most of it dealing with his early attempts at being a sports announcer in places like his home town of Amboy, IL (been there!), Monmouth College, the Army, and various small, midwestern markets. Tait was the first ever announcer for the Cav's and gives a great first-hand account of the A must-read for every Cleveland sports fan. This book is both a not-so-in-depth biography of Joe Tait and a history of the Cleveland sports scene from the 70's on up. Tait's life is touched upon here and there, with most of it dealing with his early attempts at being a sports announcer in places like his home town of Amboy, IL (been there!), Monmouth College, the Army, and various small, midwestern markets. Tait was the first ever announcer for the Cav's and gives a great first-hand account of the teams very humble beginnings. He has various stories of the rat infestations in the old Arena, and tells a story how the opposing team players would dress in the hotel across the street and walk over to the arena. Tait was heading to the arena in a snowstorm in which he could literally see only inches in front of him. He saw something big and purple through the snow and slammed on his brakes, narrowly missing running over Wilt Chamberlin. Tait gives a great insider view of the creation of the Coliseum and the events of the Miracle in Richfield. Then there was the Ted Stepian era. It was worse than I remember it being. But life became good again when the Gunds took over. Tait also has interesting stories of being an Indians broadcaster, and the politics of sports broadcasting in Cleveland. As little as professional sports means in the long run, the pettiness of the sports columnists stands in an inverse proportion to that meaninglessness.

  7. 4 out of 5

    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. There's defini 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. There's definitely some cute stories in this book, and many Cleveland sports fans will enjoy this book. I wasn't expecting presidential biography detail with this book, but I did hold back offering a 5-star rating because I felt like I wanted more substance to the book. A handful of language mistakes indicate that better proofreading would have helped. Joe Tait is a media inductee into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts. Pluto wrote "Loose Balls: The Short, Wild Life of the American Basketball Association," which was selected 13th overall in Sports Illustrated "Top 100 Sports Books of All Time" listing.

  8. 5 out of 5

    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 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 Illinois through his many gigs in small market stations and his many years doing Cleveland games. He pulls no punches in describing announcers he work with, team owners and also players. He has no love for Lebron James and Shawn Kemp. Anyone baseball or pro basketbal fan would enjoy his frankness and it is a must for any Cleveland sports fan. Most surprising thing? That he was a great train fan.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Gerald Matzke

    Terry Pluto has written an entertaining look at the life and career of iconic sportscaster Joe Tait. They actually are listed as co- authors because Joe did not want the book to be written in the first person. What comes across very clearly is that Joe loved his job and his listeners loved him. Joe is one of those unique individuals who knew what he wanted to do at a young age and was able to follow that dream and become named to the Basketball Hall of Fame in recognition of his body of work. Wh Terry Pluto has written an entertaining look at the life and career of iconic sportscaster Joe Tait. They actually are listed as co- authors because Joe did not want the book to be written in the first person. What comes across very clearly is that Joe loved his job and his listeners loved him. Joe is one of those unique individuals who knew what he wanted to do at a young age and was able to follow that dream and become named to the Basketball Hall of Fame in recognition of his body of work. While I did not live in the Cleveland area for most of Joe's tenure with the Cavs and the Indians, this book helped me to see how much he meant to the fans of those teams. I enjoy Terry Pluto's insights into Cleveland sports teams in the Plain Dealer and I look forward to reading more of his books in the future.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Bryan

    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 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 the biography expanded.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Damian Serbu

    Fun to read if you're a Cavs fan! Fun to read if you're a Cavs fan!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Patrick

    Formulaic. Probably wrote it over a long weekend.

  13. 5 out of 5

    CJ Curtis

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    Val

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    Robert Waddle

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    Ise

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    Chris Andrikanich

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan Knight

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    John

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    Ted Dahler

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    Ryan

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    Keith Koberna

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    Jason A

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    Mike Jancar

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    Joe Carmany

  26. 5 out of 5

    Dan

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    Jessica Bales

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    Daniel Hewitt

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    Richard

  30. 5 out of 5

    clayton trutor

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