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Product Details

  • Paperback: 259 pages
  • Publisher: Gray & Company, Publishers; 1 edition (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598510703
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598510706
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #432,883 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tait comes across in print just as he did when doing Cavaliers games: he’s honest, unpretentious, and at times funny. Pluto deftly balances Joe’s life as a broadcaster with the events happening around him, and the result is a memoir that reads like his sports history books. (Ryan Richards letsgotribe.com 20111120)

The book is just a delight. While it covers much of Joe’s life biographically, it is just as much a book of Cleveland sports history from 1970–2011 as anything else. I guarantee you will not be able to put it down. (Tim Lones clevelandclassicmedia.com 20111115)

Honest, interesting, and thoroughly entertaining. (Brendan Bowers StepienRules.com 20111111)

A wonderful tribute to a true icon in the business that is sports media. (Don McCormack Ashtabula Star Beacon 20111214)

A fun, eclectic read telling a variety of stories from Joe’s life on and off the radio. (Aaron Dorksen Daily Record 20120124)

Book Description

The first book about the fan-favorite Cavaliers broadcaster, who retired in May 2011. Authorized autobiography with Joe Tait's involvement.

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Another great job by Terry Pluto as well.
D. Mcdougal
Additionally, the book sometimes reads as though the author had not recently re-read the chapter preceding the one he was currently typing.
Dan E. Buoy
Any sports fan from Cleveland would enjoy this book.
Jason Chamberlain

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By olingerstories on November 13, 2011
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Few announcers in the modern era are as beloved as Joe Tait, the long time broadcaster of the Cleveland Cavs until his retirement last Spring. Tait working a game by himself had a rhythm and style all its own, a delight to listen to whether you were in Ohio or somewhere across "the 38 states and half of Canada" that the WWWE signal carried. This book tries to capture that magic, and it is a laudable effort, but it doesn't quite get there although I was rooting for it until the very end. I believe part of the difficulty, as least for me, is that I couldn't escape the sense that to capture Tait best is to listen to Tait. The oral is not the same as the written. At times, you're left wandering if Tait is narrating a chapter or if Terry Pluto is reporting. Pronoun consistency in trying to eliminate that confusion could have been better.

BUT, those criticisms aside, it doesn't take away from the warmth of re-living old stories with the voice of your youth and adulthood. This is a history of the Cavs and Indians of the 70s and 80s particularly that will bring a smile to your face. Tait and Pluto genuinely like each other, and there is a feel-good aspect to the entire book. The best chapter by far (and worth the price of the book) is on Ted Stepien, or as he was nicknamed by Tait's fellow broadcaster Pete Franklin, "T.S." as in "Too Stupid." T.S. was hands down the worst owner ever in sports, and Tait only could endure one year of his meddling ownership before exile in Chicago. Thankfully to thousands of listeners, Tait returned triumphantly two years later with the Cavs being sold to Gordon Gund and Gund rehiring him.
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By luke cheriyan on July 4, 2014
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Fantastic and Funny!!! Know the man.
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By john r ross on June 30, 2014
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GOOD BUT NOT THE TYPE OF BOOK THAT REALLY HOLDS YOUR INTEREST. WOULD NOT RECOMMEND BUT BASKETBALL FANS MAY LILKE IT BETTER
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By jim nelson on July 9, 2013
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Joe Tait is a legend among radio play-by-play broadcasters. I was hoping for a more thorough approach to his bio than I received from this book, which appeared to rely in equal parts on interviews with and background information about Tait, balanced (somewhat to the book's detriment) by comments from others who were in many cases nothing more than fans of Tait. It was repetitive and choppy in delivery.
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Enjoyed learning about Joe and of his experiences during his lifetime . Reading brought back memories of the early years of the Cavs and the forgotten team members .
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There is no doubt that Joe Tait is one of the greatest sports voices ever. However, this book really does not do him justice. Many details about Joe's life are ignored and the book becomes more of a history of Cleveland sports than a biography/autobiography. The reader comes away from the book not even having a clue about what the day in the life of Joe Tait was like. What was it like to prepare for a basketball/baseball game? For someone who once spent only nine days at home in a year, what was it like for all those hours that weren't spent announcing the games? What were some of Joe's memories of the Cleveland Arena, the Richfield Coliseum, and the old Municipal Stadium?

Oddly, for a book supposedly co-written by Joe Tait, it is in the third person, coming across as Terry Pluto's perspective on Mr. Tait. And Mr. Pluto's writing style is pretty awful, to put it mildly. He repeats from one chapter to the next, the same anecdotes and "clarifications", each time addressing the reader as if he is bringing it up for the first time. How many times must we be told that this was a time "before the internet and cable TV". The book is also littered with typos. Some may be the fault of the publisher (such as call letters WUAB being presented as WAUB). However, there are numerous sentences that don't even make sense. The words are not only jumbled, but the sentences include extraneous words, as if the author changed his stream of thought mid-sentence.

Finally, the "Fans Write In" sections are nothing but filler to pad the book out to its 259 pages. No one cares what some yahoo in Brunswick, Ohio or Erie, Pennsylvania has to say about Joe Tait. I bought the book to be enlightened, not to read fawning fan letters.

Yes, Joe Tait belongs in the Basketball Hall of Fame, as he is one of the all-time greats of sportscasting. But he is also deserving of a book to recognize his contribution to sport. This book is not it.
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By scoffman46 on January 21, 2012
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I really enjoyed this book! I am an avid Cleveland Indians, Browns and Cavaliers fan and, of course love Joe Tait. There were so many interesting details in his book that I had never heard before.
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By rkhavana59 on December 31, 2011
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Joe Tait was an icon if you were a sports fan in Cleveland during those early 70's, he was the "VOICE".

Cav's and old Cleveland Barons hockey you knew you had the radio on the right station when you heard his voice.

He was also a common man who always took the time to speak to fans,he even called our home in the late 70's when we inquired about "THe Miracle at Richfield" wondering if it was ever going to be put on video tape in those days....It was like the President calling...lol

A fine book, could not put it down. Sit back with your favorite beverage and some snacks...

Enjoy
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