Reusse: Frank Quilici, 79, was baseball overachiever with a dose of machismo

From Patrick Reusse at the Minneapolis Star-Tribune on May 15, 2018:

[Frank] Quilici died on Monday at age 79, after a long battle with kidney disease. He was given a kidney in 2012 by Elizabeth, the wife of a long-time friend named Bobby. It kept him alive as a third kidney, which Frank would refer to with a large and grateful laugh as “Little Liz.’’

He was a baseball overachiever – as a player, a manager and an announcer – and, more than that, a great dude.

The first generation of Twins fans loved Frankie for over a half-century; for sure, we loved him since the bottom of the third on Oct. 6, 1965, with his double to start the six-run burst off Drysdale, and an RBI single to finish him.

Two hits in one inning vs. Hall of Famer Don Drysdale. That right there took some machismo.

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Originally published: May 16, 2018. Last Updated: May 16, 2018.