Frank Quilici

Francis Ralph Quilici (May 11, 1939 – May 14, 2018) was an American professional baseball player, coach and manager who spent his entire Major League Baseball career with the Minnesota Twins. Quilici served the team for all or part of five years as an infielder, 112 years as a coach, and 312 years as manager, then spent six more years as a broadcaster for them. He threw and batted right-handed, stood 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 m) tall and weighed 170 pounds (77 kg).

Frank Quilici
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Second baseman / Manager
Born: May 11, 1939
Chicago, Illinois
Died: May 14, 2018 (aged 79)
Burnsville, Minnesota
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
July 18, 1965, for the Minnesota Twins
Last MLB appearance
September 29, 1970, for the Minnesota Twins
MLB statistics
Batting average.214
Home runs5
Runs batted in53
Managerial record280–287
Winning %.494
As player

As coach

As manager

Playing career

Quilici was born in Chicago, where he graduated from St. Mel High School. He attended Loras College and Western Michigan University. In 1961, he signed with the Twins during their first year in Minneapolis–Saint Paul after they transferred from Washington. Upon entering the Twins' farm system, he rose from Class D to Triple-A over the next 412 seasons and was batting .277 with the Denver Bears when the pennant-bound 1965 Twins called him to the majors in July. With veteran incumbent second baseman Jerry Kindall suffering from a chronic hamstring injury,[1] Quilici quickly assumed a key role in the Minnesota lineup, starting 39 games at second base during the season's final ten weeks.

Then, in the 1965 World Series, Quilici started all seven games against the Los Angeles Dodgers and collected four hits (with two doubles) in 20 at bats and a run batted in. One of his doubles touched off a six-run, third inning rally against eventual Baseball Hall of Famer Don Drysdale in Game 1. When the Twins batted around in that frame, Quilici came to the plate again and chased Drysdale with a single. His two hits in one inning tied a record and sparked an 8–2 Minnesota victory.[2] In the field, Quilici played every inning of all seven games, making two errors in 36 chances for a .944 fielding percentage. But the Twins succumbed to another future Hall of Famer, Sandy Koufax, in Game 7, 2–0, to lose the series. Quilici had a double in three at bats in that final contest against the Dodger southpaw.[3]

The following year, 1966, was a setback for Quilici. He spent the entire season at Triple-A Denver, as the Twins alternated Bernie Allen and César Tovar as their regular second basemen. When Quilici returned to Minnesota in 1967 it was as a utility infielder: standout rookie Rod Carew, yet another future Hall of Famer, won the Twins' second base job and would hold it for the next eight seasons. Quilici spent all of 1968, 1969 and 1970 on the Twins' roster, playing in an average of 109 games each year, mostly at second base, third base and shortstop, batting a career-high .245 in 1968.

Coach, manager and broadcaster

During the 1970–1971 offseason, a vacancy opened on manager Bill Rigney's coaching staff when Sherry Robertson was killed in an automobile accident. Looking to save a roster spot, but retain Quilici as potential insurance in case one of their infielders were injured,[4] the Twins named the 31-year-old to fill Robertson's slot as the club's fifth coach. Quilici never returned to the active list, and the arrangement lasted for all of 1971 and into 1972.

But on July 6, 1972, with owner Calvin Griffith seeking to shake up his 36–34 team, he ousted Rigney and promoted Quilici, now 33, to manager; he was the youngest pilot in the major leagues that season and throughout his managerial term. The Twins went 41–43 under Quilici, finishing third in the American League West Division, and followed with records of 81–81 (1973) and 82–80 (1974) and two more third-place finishes. But when the 1975 club fell off to 76–83, Quilici was replaced by veteran former National League skipper Gene Mauch. He remained associated with the Twins, however, as a radio commentator on the team's broadcasts in 1976–1977, 1980–1982 and 1987.[4] Outside of baseball he was active in business and charitable activities in the Twin Cities region.

As a player, Quilici batted .214 in 405 games played; his 146 MLB hits included 23 doubles, six triples and with five home runs. He collected 53 runs batted in. His record as Minnesota's manager was 280–287 (.494).

Frank Quilici died on May 14, 2018 at the age of 79 in Burnsville, Minnesota, after suffering from kidney disease.[5]


  1. ^ Tomashek, Tom, Jerry Kindall. Society for American Baseball Research Biography Project
  2. ^ Retrosheet box score: Game 1, 1965 World Series
  3. ^ Retrosheet box score: Game 7, 1965 World Series
  4. ^ a b King, Norm, Frank Quilici. Society for American Baseball Research Biography Project
  5. ^ Frank Quilici, former Twins player, manager and broadcaster, passes away at 79 ESPN Radio, May 14, 2018

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1961 College Baseball All-America Team

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1965 Minnesota Twins season

The 1965 Minnesota Twins won the 1965 American League pennant with a 102–60 record. It was the team's first pennant since moving to Minnesota, and the 102 wins was a team record.

1965 World Series

The 1965 World Series featured the National League champion Los Angeles Dodgers against the American League champion Minnesota Twins. It is best remembered for the heroics of Sandy Koufax, who was named the series MVP. Koufax did not pitch in Game 1, as it fell on the Jewish holy day of Yom Kippur, but pitched in Game 2 and then tossed shutouts in Games 5 and 7 (with only two days of rest in between) to win the championship.

The Twins had won their first pennant since 1933 when the team was known as the Washington Senators. The Dodgers, prevailing in seven games, captured their second title in three years, and their third since moving to Los Angeles in 1958.

1968 Minnesota Twins season

The 1968 Minnesota Twins season was a season in American baseball. The team finished 79–83, seventh in the American League.

1969 Minnesota Twins season

Led by new manager Billy Martin, the 1969 Minnesota Twins won the newly formed American League West with a 97–65 record, nine games over the second-place Oakland Athletics. The Twins were swept by the Baltimore Orioles in the first American League Championship Series.

1970 Minnesota Twins season

Led by new manager Bill Rigney, the 1970 Minnesota Twins won the American League West with a 98–64 record, nine games ahead of the Oakland Athletics. The Twins were swept by the Baltimore Orioles in the American League Championship Series. After the ALCS, Metropolitan Stadium would never see another post-season game, and the Twins would not return to the postseason stage until 1987 when they won the World Series.

1971 Minnesota Twins season

The 1971 Minnesota Twins finished 74–86, fifth in the American League West. 940,858 fans attended Twins games, the fifth-highest total in the American League, the first time the Twins failed to attract over one million fans since moving to Minnesota.

1972 Minnesota Twins season

The 1972 Minnesota Twins finished 77–77, third in the American League West.

1973 Minnesota Twins season

The 1973 Minnesota Twins finished 81–81, third in the American League West.

1974 Minnesota Twins season

The 1974 Minnesota Twins finished 82–80, third in the American League West.

1975 Minnesota Twins season

The 1975 Minnesota Twins finished 76–83, fourth in the American League West.

1978 Minnesota Twins season

The 1978 Minnesota Twins finished 73-89, fourth in the American League West.

1982 Minnesota Twins season

The 1982 Minnesota Twins finished 60-102, seventh in the AL West. It was the first time the Twins lost more than 100 games since moving to Minnesota.

The Twins moved into the Metrodome but only 921,186 fans attended Twins games, the lowest total in the American League.

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List of Minnesota Twins broadcasters

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List of Minnesota Twins managers

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Quilici is a surname of Italian origin. Notable people with the name include:

Alex Quilici, American engineer and businessman

Brando Quilici, Italian filmmaker

Folco Quilici (1930–2018), Italian film director and screenwriter

Frank Quilici (1939–2018), American baseball infielder and manager

Giovanni Battista Quilici (1791–1844), Italian Roman Catholic priest

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