Cavs’ Tait has heart procedure

Posted Oct. 26, 2010, at 10:40 p.m.
Last modified Oct. 26, 2010, at 11:04 p.m.

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers Hall of Fame broadcaster Joe Tait has undergone a heart catherization in advance of surgery next week.

Tait, the Cavs’ radio play-by-play announcer for nearly 40 years, will have double bypass and will have an aortic valve replaced, the team said Tuesday night. Tait was recently hospitalized with pneumonia before doctors discovered he had aortic stenosis, a narrowing of the valve.

This is scheduled to be the 73-year-old Tait’s final season with the Cavs. He has been Cleveland’s radio announcer for all but two years since the team began play in 1970.

The team said there is no timetable for Tait’s return.

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