Frank Quilici who was a Twins player and Manager died on Monday at the age of 79 after a long illness, according to the Twins organization.

He started with the Twins in 1965, helping the Twins get the American League Title. He was in all 7 games of the 65 World Series. According to the Twins Quilici was in the minors in 1966 but came back up to the Twins in 1967-70.

Quilici 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 was a member of the broadcast team and in 2013 received the  Kirby Puckett Award for Alumni Community Service for his work promoting organ donorship.

In a statement released by the MinnesotaTwins: "The Minnesota Twins today mourn the passing of Frank 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."

Getty Images Tony Olivia with Frank Quilici and Jim Kaat