The Obit For Matt Zidich

Matthew Zidich dies - Stockton sports legend

The San Francisco Chronicle

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 2 p.m. today at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Stockton for Matthew J. Zidich, a San Franciscan who became a sports legend in Stockton and the San Joaquin Valley.

Mr. Zidich died Friday at his home in Lodi after complications of hip surgery. He was 80.

Mr. Zidich was born in San Francisco and was a star baseball player at Sacred Heart High School in the city.

The Zidich family was Croatian, and they followed the tradition that gave San Francisco such legendary restaurants as Tadich's and Sam's Grill. The Zidich family ran the noted Dominic and Johnny's Oyster House at Polk and Sutter streets.

Matt Zidich was a good enough baseball player to sign professional Pacific Coast League contracts with the old Oakland Oaks and the San Francisco Seals as an outfielder and pitcher.

He was a star player on the celebrated 1947 Stockton Ports team of the California League, which was voted one of the hundred best minor league teams of all time by baseball historians.