All-Star catcher for the Phillies

DAR­REN DAULTON

Los Angeles Times - - OBITUARIES - as­so­ci­ated press news.obits@la­times.com

Dar­ren Daulton, the All-Star catcher who was the leader of the Philadel­phia Phillies’ NL cham­pi­onship team in 1993, has died. He was 55.

Daulton had bat­tled brain can­cer since 2013. He had two tu­mors re­moved dur­ing surgery on July 1, 2013, but nine days later was di­ag­nosed with glioblas­toma, an ag­gres­sive form of brain can­cer that also took the lives of his former team­mate Tug Mc­Graw and former coach John Vukovich.

“Dar­ren was a true leader of men,” Phillies chair­man emer­i­tus Bill Giles said. “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.”

Daulton played 14 1 ⁄2 of his 15 ma­jor league sea­sons with Philadel­phia and fin­ished his ca­reer with the 1997 World Se­ries cham­pion Florida Mar­lins, bat­ting .389 with two dou­bles and one homer in a seven-game se­ries against Cleve­land.

The left-handed-hit­ting Daulton bat­ted .245 with 137 homers and 588 RBIs in 1,161 games. He went to three All-Star games and led the NL with 109 RBIs in 1992.

The long-haired Daulton, nick­named “Dutch,” was beloved by Phillies fans and re­spected by team­mates. He po­liced a wild club­house in ’93 that in­cluded Lenny Dyk­stra, John Kruk, Dave Hollins, Pete In­cav­iglia, Mitch Wil­liams and Curt Schilling.

“From the day that we drafted him un­til to­day, he con­stantly earned our re­spect and ad­mi­ra­tion as both a player and per­son,” said Phillies chair­man David Mont­gomery. “Dar­ren was the face of our fran­chise in the early 1990s.”

Daulton is sur­vived by his par­ents, Carol and Dave; brother, Dave Jr.; wife, Amanda; and his four chil­dren, Zachary, Sum­mer, Sa­van­nah and Dar­ren Jr.

Joe Ma­honey As­so­ci­ated Press

‘A TRUE LEADER OF MEN’ Dar­ren Daulton, nick­named “Dutch,” was beloved by Phillies fans and re­spected by team­mates.

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