Former Phillies All Star Catcher Daulton Dies at 55

Former Philadelphia Phillies All Star catcher Darren Daulton has died at the age of 55 after battling brain cancer, the team said on Sunday.

After doctors discovered two brain tumors in 2013, Daulton was later diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer.

Daulton was a key member of the Phillies team that reached the 1993 World Series, losing to the Toronto Blue Jays in six games.

“All of us at the Phillies are saddened to hear of Darren’s passing,” Phillies Chairman David Montgomery said in a statement. “From the day that we drafted him until today, he constantly earned our respect and admiration as both a player and person.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Amanda, his parents, his brother and his four children. (He) was truly ‘one of a kind’ and we will dearly miss him.”

Daulton was known for his strong work ethic and ever-present smile.

“Darren was a true leader of men,” said Phillies chairman emeritus Bill Giles in a statement. “The Phillies would not have gone to the 1993 World Series without his leadership. In addition to being an outstanding clubhouse leader, he was also a fighter. He battled through five knee operations to become an All-Star. I really enjoyed watching him for 14 years in uniform. Darren was a super human being. His teammates loved him. I loved him like he was one of my own. In fact, he called me ‘Uncle Bill.'”

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

In 1997, after 17 years in Philadelphia, Daulton was traded to the Florida Marlins, where he played his final 52 games. But plagued by knee injuries, Daulton was moved to first base and played as a pinch hitter in Florida. After the Marlins won the World Series in 1997, Daulton announced his retirement.

Reuters

Former Philadelphia Phillies catcher Darren Daulton throws out the ceremonial first pitch for Game 6 of the Major League Baseball NLCS playoff series against the San Francisco Giants in Philadelphia, October 23, 2010. (REUTERS/Brian Snyder)
Former Philadelphia Phillies catcher Darren Daulton throws out the ceremonial first pitch for Game 6 of the Major League Baseball NLCS playoff series against the San Francisco Giants in Philadelphia, October 23, 2010. (REUTERS/Brian Snyder)
7 Jun 1995: Catcher Darren Daulton of the Philadelphia Phillies throws infield for an out against the San Diego Padres at Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego, California.
Catcher Darren Daulton of the Philadelphia Phillies throws infield for an out against the San Diego Padres at Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego, California, June 7, 1995. (Getty Images)
25 Jul 1993: Catcher Darren Daulton of the Philadelphia Phillies watches from the dug out during the Phillies versus San Francisco Giants game at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California. Mandatory Credit: Otto Greule/Allsport
Catcher Darren Daulton of the Philadelphia Phillies watches from the dug out during the Phillies versus San Francisco Giants game at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California, July 25, 1993. (Otto Greule/Allsport)
PHILADELPHIA - MAY 24: Catcher Darren Daulton of the Philadelphia Phillies digs out a low pitch during the MLB game on May 24, 1992 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jeff Hixon/Getty Images)
Catcher Darren Daulton of the Philadelphia Phillies digs out a low pitch during the MLB game on May 24, 1992 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Jeff Hixon/Getty Images)
 
 
 

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