Darren Daulton, a former All-Star catcher with the Philadelphia Phillies, died Sunday. He was 55.
In 2013, Daulton was diagnosed with glioblastoma, an infiltrative form of brain cancer, after doctors discovered two brain tumors.
One of the mainstays of the Phillies team that advanced to the 1993 World Series, losing to the Toronto Blue Jays in six games, Daulton underwent a series of treatments and in early 2015 said he was cancer-free.
“Darren was a true leader of men. The Phillies would not have gone to the 1993 World Series without his leadership,” Phillies chairman emeritus Bill Giles said in a statement. “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. He played with the Phillies his entire career until spending his final 52 games with the Florida Marlins in 1997, helping them win a World Series title.
He established career highs with 27 home runs and 109 RBIs in 1992 and followed that up with 24 homers and 105 RBIs during Philadelphia’s National League pennant-winning season the next year.
During the ’93 season, he set franchise single-season records for a catcher for walks (117), doubles (35), putouts (981) and double plays (19).
Daulton owned a career batting average of .245 and produced 137 homers and 588 RBIs in 1,161 regular-season 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. Darren was the face of our franchise in the early 1990’s. Jim Fregosi asked so much of him as catcher, clean-up hitter and team leader. He responded to all three challenges.
“One of my toughest decisions as team president was to approve his trade to the Marlins in July of 1997. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Amanda, his parents, his brother and his four children. Dutch was truly ‘one of a kind’ and we will dearly miss him.”