Oct. 16, 1988: “Steelers radio voices Jack Fleming (left) and Myron Cope call a game at Three Rivers Stadium”
Jack Fleming and Myron Cope would seemingly be an odd mix in a radio booth. Fleming was known as a perfectionist (one of his cardinal rules: ‘No gum chewing on the air’). Cope brought to the microphone a nasally voice and an often spastic delivery peppered with words perhaps only understood by Pittsburghers (“yoi,” of course, and “okle-dokle”). But the two were a classic on-air combination for years while the Steelers soared.
Flemming broadcast play-by-play from 1965 to 1993. His call of the Immaculate Reception on Dec. 23, 1972 is considered one of the greatest of all time. Cope’s 35-year run as the Steelers’ color commentator ended with his retirement in 2005.
(Photo by Vince Musi, Pittsburgh Press)
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