We have some sad news to pass along today.
Ron Zollo – a fixture in the Tacoma front office for nearly two-and-a-half decades – passed away last week.
At Cheney Stadium we are fortunate to have many baseball fans who have been coming to the ballpark for their entire lifetime. Some families have passed season tickets down through a generation or two. Those of you who came to the ballpark in the 70s, 80s, and early 1990s probably knew or at least recognized Ron.
Former Tacoma Tigers General Manager Frank Colarusso sent along this note:
Ron Zollo, the longest tenured employee in Tacoma Baseball history, passed away on December 31, 2013. Ron joined the Tacoma Twins in 1972 after a one-year stint with the Portland Beavers in 1971. He was the Assistant General Manager to Stan Naccarato from 1972-1991 and to Frank Colarusso from 1992-1994. His 23 years of employment ranks first in the history of the Triple-A team in Tacoma.
Ron was the consummate baseball executive and was part of an organization that won two NAPBL President’s Trophies in the 1970’s. He was also the longtime in-stadium voice for Tacoma Baseball. A leading authority on sports memorabilia, Ron’s collection of sports and entertainment memorabilia is among the most notable in the country.
We at the Tacoma Rainiers send our condolences to the Zollo family.
There are a few news items today:
- Ryan Divish caught up with Edgar Martinez to get his reaction to the Hall of Fame vote.
- The Las Vegas 51s announced their coaching staff: manager Wally Backman returns, and he’ll be joined by new pitching coach Frank “Sweet Music” Viola.
- The Round Rock Express also announced their staff, led by new manager Steve Buechele.