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Longtime Cleveland Cavaliers broadcaster Joe Tait dies at 83

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CLEVELAND – Joe Tait, a longtime Cleveland sports broadcaster and voice of the Cavaliers for more than four decades, died Wednesday.

“A friend and mentor to many over the years, Joe Tait wasn’t just a member of the Cavaliers family; he was a part of the Cavs story like no one else and his voice and unique, candid perspective reverberates throughout the team’s history,” the Cavs said in a statement.”He will be dearly missed. In his final season, the Cavs honored Tait with a commemorative banner that hangs alongside some of the team’s retired jersey numbers in the rafters of Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.

Among Tait’s more memorable calls was the Cavs’ “Miracle in Richfield” run in the 1975-76 playoffs, when Cleveland rallied to knock off Washington. He also called Len Barker’s perfect game in 1981.

“Thank you, Joe, for the decades of joy you have brought Cleveland sports fans,” the Indians said in a posting.

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