Card: 1970 Topps #572
Position: 2B,3B, Manager
Francis Ralph Quilici was born in Chicago on May 11, 1939, the son of Guido Quilici and the former Laura Domanowska, who met while working at a bakery. Frank came up from working-class roots in Chicago to become a baseball lifer with the Twins.
As a player, Frank was with the Twins when they won the 1965 American League pennant going away, compiling a 102-60 record. Minnesota reached the World Series for the first time since the franchise moved from Washington in 1961; the Senators’ last visit to the fall classic had come in 1933.
Quilici and the Twins caught a break in Game One, on October 6, when Dodgers pitcher Sandy Koufax famously refused to pitch that day because it was Yom Kippur. Instead, the Twins faced Don Drysdale, and Frank made history by getting two hits in one inning in the World Series. The Twins lost the series, however, falling in seven games. You can listen to Joe Garagiola call game 1 of the '65 series here. His 2-hit inning starts at the 00:51:30 mark. Note Billy Martin as the third base coach for the Twins, and Sam Mele as their manager.
Frank Quilici wore many hats with the Minnesota Twins. From player to coach to manager to broadcaster. Quilici served the team for all or part of five years as an infielder, 1 1/2 years as a coach, and 3 1⁄2 years as manager, then spent six more years as a broadcaster for them. He was the only person in Twins history to hold all those positions with the franchise.
Frank is part of the Topps Card Tour – 1970 Topps – Go to the Next Stop
Q is also part of the MLB Managers Tour – Go to the Next Stop
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