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BREAKING: Darren Daulton dead at age 55

darrendaulton.jpgAccording to a tweet by David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, former Philadelphia Phillies catcher Darren Daulton has died at age 55 after a long battle with brain cancer.

The Phillies announced Daulton’s death moments later.

Daulton, who was inducted into the Phillies Wall of Fame in 2010, was drafted by the Phillies in 1980, and spent parts of 14 seasons with the Phils. He was largely considered the leader of the National League pennant winning team of 1993.

Despite playing off the bench for most of his early career, and suffering a rash of injuries throughout his time with the Phillies, Daulton emerged in 1990 as an all-around force at the catcher position. Two years later, in 1992, Daulton became the league’s premiere hitting catcher, leading the NL in RBI with 109 while slugging a career-high 27 home runs. That set him up for further success in 1993, as he helped lead his Phillies to the World Series with a 24-home-run campaign.

But more important was Daulton’s leadership. Teammates lauded “Dutch” for his steady hand and commanding presence during his veteran seasons. In 1993 he played 147 games, overseeing a stout pitching staff and bullpen while providing middle-of-the-order thump. His performance in that season’s National League Championship Series – .263/.440/.474 – was hugely beneficial, powering the Phils in the series win over Atlanta.

Daulton remained with the Phils through the middle of the 1997 season. Chronic knee injuries pushed Daulton to the outfield, but he still proved productive, hitting .264/.381/.480 with 11 home runs with the Phils in ’97. He was traded to the Florida Marlins in July 1997, and his leadership and offense proved vital in the Marlins’ championship run. In the 1997 World Series, Daulton hit .389/.455/.667 with a home run and two doubles. He retired after the 1997 season.

After retirement, Daulton became a mainstay in the Philadelphia sports scene. He was a regular contributor on Comcast SportsNet’s Phillies coverage, and hosted “Talkin’ Dutch” on 97.5 The Fanatic starting in 2010.

Daulton underwent a surgery related to glioblastoma in 2013. He announced in 2015 that he was cancer free, but reports indicated the cancer had returned in more aggressive fashion in recent weeks.

The Darren Daulton Foundation, which helps families of brain cancer patients pay medical and personal expenses, said in a press release Sunday evening that Daulton “epitomized all that [is] good in the world.”

“Love, life, fight are three words that best describe Daulton,” said the release. “He was a man that was easy to love, to respect and to admire. He had a genuine passion for people.”

A private memorial service will be held in Clearwater, Florida. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Darren Daulton Foundation, 1339 Chestnut St., Suite 500, Philadelphia, PA, 19107 and sent to the attention of Brett Datto, President.

12 Comments

12 Comments

  1. Claire Kaplan

    August 6, 2017 at 10:41 pm

    This is so sad. I was a huge fan. RIP, Darren.

  2. Lynn Pudvan

    August 6, 2017 at 11:21 pm

    He was my favorite player of all time. I have and will always wear his jersey with pride! RIP Darren.

  3. Dina Metro

    August 7, 2017 at 1:56 am

    Best Catcher of all time prayers to he’s family Rest In Peace

  4. Michele McDonough

    August 7, 2017 at 3:26 am

    Darren was always one of my favorite players. He fought a hard battle against cancer. God Bless you #10. Will always remember you. Condolences to the Daulton Family.
    SOMEONE PLEASE FIND A CURE FOR CANCER!!!
    Too many families have lost loved ones.

  5. Kyle Witman

    August 7, 2017 at 3:55 am

    RIP Darren. Nobody did it better….

  6. Mike Lowery

    August 7, 2017 at 5:49 am

    As a Mets fan, I always respected Darren Daulton. He was a solid player and leader on the Phillies. R.I.P. Dutch

  7. Keg

    August 7, 2017 at 8:14 am

    RIP DUTCH, the last of the true real me catchers. We’ll miss you!

  8. Beth King

    August 7, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    This. Is so very sad! One of my most favorite Phillies of all time. RIP Dutch
    So glad i have a Dalton Jersey! My thoughts and prayers for his family and the Phillies Nation.

  9. Constance M Fry

    August 7, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    He was awesome. Good Bless him and his family. RIP Darren.

  10. Lillian

    August 7, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    He was the best catcher & all around amazing player. I’m sure my parents & other relatives are going down Phillies memory lane together. Rest In Peace Darren.

  11. Pauline Jackson

    August 7, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    We will always remember a great player you were I feel like I lost a uncle RIP Darren Daulton

  12. John W Bailey

    August 18, 2017 at 4:34 am

    My Sister loved Darren. Sadly enough my sister passed away a few years ago from a heart attack. I am sure, if not by now, she will get to meet him soon.

    RIP. Dutch, you will be missed

    JWB

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