Former Phillies All-Star catcher Darren Daulton dies at 55


Daulton represented the Phillies on three separate occasions at the MLB All-Star game as a player during his career, while hitting 134 home runs and driving in 567 runs.

He led a misfit bunch of Phillies to an improbable World Series Run in 1993 before losing to the Toronto Blue Jays in six games. Daulton also won a Sliver Slugger in 1992 when he led the National League with 109 RBIs and finished sixth in the MVP voting.

A three-time All-Star, Daulton played nearly his entire tenure for the Phillies (1983, 1985-97). Darren was a super human being. "In fact, he called me 'Uncle Bill'".

Daulton was inducted into the Phillies' Wall of Fame in 2010.

Daulton initially was diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer, in July 2013 after having surgery to remove two tumors in his brain.

Phillies Chairman Emeritus Bill Giles said in a statement, "Darren was a true leader of men". "He told me when Dutch stepped in that locker room everyone on that team looked at him and said, 'There's our leader'".

'One of my toughest decisions as team president was to approve his trade to the Marlins in July of 1997, ' he added.

Although Darren Daulton failed to win the World Series with the 1993 Phillies, he had made up for that four years later as he joined the Florida (now Miami) Marlins midway through the 1997 season.

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.

Daulton's final game was Game 7 of the '97 World Series, when the Marlins defeated the Cleveland Indians in extra innings. He was declared cancer-free in 2015, but the cancer returned earlier this year. "(He) was truly "one of a kind" and we will dearly miss him". It didn't deter Dutch, who proclaimed, "Right on; Fight on", typical of his toughness. That same year, his foundation, the Darren Daulton Foundation, which was established in 2011, shifted its mission to raise funds for brain cancer. John McCain was diagnosed with earlier this year and that had earlier taken the lives of former Phils Tug McGraw, John Vukovich and Johnny Oates.

He was drafted by the Phillies in the 1980 draft's 25th round and made his major league debut three years later on September 25, 1983, against the St Louis Cardinals. (15), all of whom reside in the Clearwater area. Funeral services for Daulton will be private.