Darren Daulton, former Phillies All-Star catcher, dies at 55


Daulton was diagnosed with glioblastoma in 2013 after having 2 tumors removed.

In its piece looking back on Darren Daulton's untimely death, ESPN recalled that "Dutch", as he was often known to teammates and friends, was the leader of the 1993 Philadelphia Phillies, a team that had beaten the odds to win the National League pennant, only for them to lose in six games to the Toronto Blue Jays in that year's World Series.

"From the day that we drafted him until today, he constantly earned our respect and admiration as both a player and person", Phillies chairman David Montgomery said in a statement.

According to ESPN, Darren Daulton is survived by his parents, Carol and Dave, brother Dave Jr., wife Amanda, and four children, Zachary, Summer, Savannah, and Darren Jr. "(He) was truly "one of a kind" and we will dearly miss him".

Daulton was selected to the National League All-Star team three times in his 14-year career.

Daulton played professional baseball since 1980, and played nearly his entire career with the Phillies before retiring in 1997.

Born on January 3, 1962 in Arkansas City, Kansas, Daulton attended Arkansas City (KS) High School.

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He was a top-seven MVP candidate in 1992 and 1993, sending a misfit team from Philadelphia into the World Series. He underwent radiation, speech therapy and other treatment before announcing he was cancer-free in February 2015. "In addition to being an outstanding clubhouse leader, he was also a fighter".

Over his 14-year career, Daulton collected 891 hits, 137 homers and 588 RBIs while playing in 1,161 games. Darren was a super human being.

He won the Silver Slugger Award in 1992, and was named to the All-Star team in '92, '93 and '95.

The Phillies drafted Daulton in the 25th round of the 1980 MLB Draft. I loved him like he was one of my own. "In fact, he called me 'Uncle Bill'".

Nicknamed "Dutch", Daulton will be better remembered for his time in Philadelphia. That same year, his foundation, the Darren Daulton Foundation, which was established in 2011, shifted its mission to raise funds for brain cancer.

According to a press release from the Phillies, funeral services for Darren will be private.