Wednesday, December 03, 2008

RIP Frederick Zloch

Judge Zloch's father passed away Sunday. Here's a beautiful article about him by Vanessa Blum. From the intro:

Frederick J. Zloch, a longtime Little League coach and announcer at Fort Lauderdale's Lockhart Stadium, died Sunday in Fort Lauderdale. He was 87. A New York native, Mr. Zloch moved to South Florida as a teenager and graduated from Fort Lauderdale High School in 1939. He served with the U.S. Navy in the Pacific theater in World War II. After his discharge in 1945, Mr. Zloch spent more than 35 years as a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service. The former high school athlete became known for his involvement in youth sports, serving as a coach, umpire and referee."My dad was a great second father to a lot of the kids in Fort Lauderdale," said son Charles Zloch. Over the years, he mentored hundreds of young athletes and led his Little League team to four consecutive local championships in the early 1960s.
From 1951 to 1986, Mr. Zloch was the voice of the Flying L's, his alma mater's team. In 1960, he announced the game between St. Thomas Aquinas and the Flying L's that inaugurated Lockhart Stadium. In 2002, the city of Fort Lauderdale dedicated a baseball field at Holiday Park to Mr. Zloch. Mr. Zloch's three sons kept up the sporting tradition — all playing high school football in
Broward County and later for the University of Notre Dame. Sending his boys to Notre Dame was Mr. Zloch's dream, said youngest son James Zloch: "If you know Fred Zloch, you know how much he loved Notre Dame."


South Florida Lawyers said...

Agreed, what a life lived.

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Al Frankfurter said...

Sorry to hear than Judge Zloch passed away. He was a fine judge but only mediocre golfer. Maybe he will get a few rounds in in Heaven.

Anonymous said...

I only knew Mr. Zlock for a short time, but I do remember how great he was for our little league system. That meant alot to me, both then as well as now. Ft. Lauderdale has lost a great one. Len America