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Trains, Cavs, scrapbooks and best friends
Voice of the Cavs' Joe Tait and Terry Pluto, best friends, collaborate on "It's Been a Real Ball"
by WKSU's AMANDA RABINOWITZ


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Cavs' broadcaster Joe Tait writes in his book: "For me, it really was the romance of the rails." Growing up in Illinois, Tait had a fascination with locomotives.
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Former Cleveland Cavaliers radio broadcaster Joe Tait swore he would never write a book about himself.

The 74-year-old Hall of Famer retired last year, after missing most of the season with pneumonia and heart surgery. But after signing off for the last time, Tait took his piles of scrapbooks and called his best friend, Cleveland sports writer Terry Pluto.

Joe Tait and Terry Pluto’s new book, “It’s Been a Real Ball,” starts with Tait’s days in grade school in Illinois and travels through his 38-year career as the first and up-until-then only voice of the Cavs.

WKSU’s Amanda Rabinowitz sat down with them both, and Terry’s first question was, why Tait kept EVERYTHING.

Joe Tait: Trains, scrapbooks and a best friend

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Joe Tait and Terry Pluto formed a friendship when Pluto was the Cavaliers beat writer for the Akron Beacon Journal.
"Wham! with the right hand!" Joe Tait invented phrases that became part of the common language of Northeast Ohio sports.
Plain Dealer sports writer Terry Pluto is one of Joe Tait's best friends. He weaved pieces of Tait's scrapbooks throughout the book.
Fans lined out the door at the Cavaliers team shop for a recent book signing event.
The number "39" represents the number of years Tait was the "Voice of the Cavs."

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