Former Twins Player, Manager Quilici Dies at Age 79

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Frank Quilici

May 15, 2018 11:33 AM

The Minnesota Twins have confirmed the death of former player and manager Frank Quilici.

Quilici died Monday at the age of 79 after a lengthy illness, the team said.


A Chicago native, Quilici made his Major League debut with the Twins in 1965, helping lead the club to the American League title. He started all seven games of the World Series that season and had two hits in the same inning off Hall of Famer Don Drysdale in an 8-2 victory in Game 1 at Met Stadium.

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Quilici spent the 1966 season in the minors, but returned to play for the Twins from 1967-70. He was hired as a coach under manager Bill Rigney in 1971 and '72, then went on to manage the team from 1972-75, compiling a record of 280-287 in parts of four seasons.

He later joined the Twins' radio broadcast crew and received the Kirby Puckett Award for Alumni Community Service in 2013 for his work promoting organ donorship.

"The Minnesota Twins today mourn the passing of Frank Quilici," the Twins said in a statement. "Frank not only exemplified professionalism as a player, coach, manager and broadcaster for the Twins, he also served as a community leader in the Twin Cities working to make sure youth had recreational opportunities and contributed to many other charitable causes. The club, like many of his friends throughout the game, is thinking of the Quilici family during this difficult time."


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