Published: Thu, August 10, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Former Phillies All-Star catcher Darren Daulton dies at 55

Former Phillies All-Star catcher Darren Daulton dies at 55

The Phillies announced his death and said the cause was brain cancer, which Daulton had fought for four years. After the three-time All-Star pleaded guilty to bankruptcy fraud and other federal charges in 2012, Dykstra revealed that Daulton had written the judge a letter on his behalf.

"Dutch, as we called him, was a warrior and a leader", Dykstra, fighting back tears, said in the video. He was the cleanup hitter for the improbable 1993 NL championship team, which lost to Toronto in six games in the World Series after finishing last the previous season.

"He was our rock, our leader in that clubhouse of guys in 1993". As assistant to the general manager and then assistant general manager in the 90s, Wade had a front-row seat for how Daulton guided the basement-dweller Phillies into a pennant-winning team in just a year.

Daulton retired after 1997, when he won a World Series with the Marlins, having slashed.364/.444/.636 across 10 playoff games. After surgery to remove them he was diagnosed with glioblastoma - a highly malignant form of brain cancer, the following month. He policed a wild clubhouse in '93 that included Lenny Dykstra, John Kruk, Dave Hollins, Pete Incaviglia, Mitch Williams and Curt Schilling.

It was the same cancer of the brain that had killed two other beloved Phillies alums, Tug McGraw and John Vukovich. I don't think you can oversell how important it was of that 93' team keeping kind of the fires of the sport alive in the city.

Daulton is survived by his wife Amanda and four children; Zachary, 27; Summer 17; Savannah, 16 and Darren Jr., 15.

Your honor, my name is Darren Daulton.

Daulton was traded to the Florida Marlins where he batted clean up and did pick up a World Series Ring.

"The Phillies would not have gone to the 1993 World Series without his leadership". He battled through five knee operations to become an All-Star.

'I really enjoyed watching him for 14 years in uniform. For them, the idea of trading Daulton to a team which was on the verge of making its first postseason run was a reward for everything he had given the Phillies since being drafted in the 25th round of the 1980 draft.

"I'd come home late at night from the ballpark, and it was the first time I ever saw a homeless person". I can't say I lived it, but I've read enough to know that team engulfed a city when not much was working well in the Philly sports.

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