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Twins, fans remember the late Frank Quilici

Former infielder, coach, manager, broadcaster, dies at 79

May 15, 2018 - 5:10 am
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His playing statistics don't rank among the game's greats, but Frank Quilici is as much a part of Twins lore as guys named Killebrew, Carew, Oliva, Puckett, and Mauer.

Quilici died Monday of kidney disease at his home in Burnsville, three days after turning 79 years old.

Quilici started his major league career with the Twins in 1965, the year of the team's first American League pennant. He started every game in the World Series, getting four hits in 20 at-bats in the seven-game loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

He returned to the Twins in 1967 as a backup to Rod Carew at second base. Quilici stuck with the team through 1970, despite a career batting average of .214 with five home runs.

All 405 games he played in the major leagues were with the Twins.

After retiring as a player, Quilici became a coach for the Twins under manager Bill Rigney. When Rigney was fired during the 1972, Quilici became manager at the age of 33.

Quilici's record as Twins manager was 280-287, and he was let go after the 1975 season. Later, he became one of the team's broadcasters, announcing games over six different seasons on WCCO radio.

The Twins released a statement on Monday about Quilici.

“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.”

Quilici had a kidney transplant in 2012 and is a former member of the Twins Community Fund, as well as a one-time president of the Minneapolis Parks Foundation. Funeral arrangements are pending.