Joe Tait to Sign Copies of New Book

November 17, 2011

Fans will be able to meet Joe Tait, get a copy of his new book -- It's Been a Real Ball -- and have it signed by him Saturday, November 19 at 4 p.m. at the Hoover-Price Campus Center at the University of Mount Union in Alliance.

Joe, who spent 39 seasons as the hall of fame radio voice of the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers, will be on campus Saturday doing the TV play-by-play for Mount Union's first round NCAA Playoff matchup with Benedictine (Ill.) that kicks off noon. After the game, Joe will be at the University Store in the campus center where copies of the book are available for purchase and he will meet fans.

Since 1985, Tait has been calling Mount Union football games on television and Saturday will mark his 91st game broadcast.

Three generations of Northeast Ohio sports fans tuned in to hear Tait announce ballgames over the past forty years. His voice became as familiar as that of an old family friend. Now, a new book takes a closer look at the man behind the voice. "Joe Tait: It's Been a Real Ball" (softcover / $15.95 / 264 pages) is a co-written by Tait and Terry Pluto.

Based on a series of in-depth interviews, and with memories contributed by Tait's fans and colleagues, it covers Joe Tait's hall-of-fame broadcasting career from his early days announcing high school sports to his retirement from basketball in 2011 after four decades with the Cavaliers. It tells how Tait got started in broadcasting, how he landed jobs with the Cavaliers and the Indians, and how his no-nonsense commentary won fans and sometimes got him in hot water with coaches and owners.

"I love retirement, but I love doing Mount Union games too," said Tait while introducing Mount Union head football coach and athletic director Larry Kehres at the luncheon in Canton earlier this week. "I don't care what anybody says there isn't a college coach that has shown me how to do things the right way more than Larry Kehres. I don't care what level you are talking about."

Kehres matched Tait's enthusiasm and said he's glad Tait has stuck around to do the games over the years.

"The football program owes Joe a debt of gratitude for all he's done for us. I know I truly appreciate him taking the time out of his schedule on Saturdays to call our games," Kehres said. "The players appreciate it also."

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