This is a very sad day for the Philly sports fan, waking up to the news of Philadelphia Phillies legend Darren “Dutch” Daulton has passed away Sunday at the age of 55. For the past four years, he has been battling brain cancer.
According to NBC 10:
“Born on January 3, 1962 in Arkansas City, Kansas, Daulton attended Arkansas City (KS) High School. He was selected by the Phillies in the 25th round of the 1980 draft. He was a three-time All-Star during his 14 seasons with the Phillies (1983, 1985-1997), the longest tenure for a catcher in the team’s history.
Daulton won a Silver Slugger and led the National League with 109 RBI in 1992. He became the only catcher in Phillies history with two 100-RBI seasons with 109 in 1992 and 105 in 1993.
One of Daulton’s greatest seasons was 1993 in which he set Phillies single-season records for a catcher in walks (117), doubles (35), putouts (981) and double plays. He also made 143 starts at catcher that year, the most in Phillies history, and played a pivotal role when the team won the 1993 National League pennant.
Aside from the records he set, Daulton also developed a reputation as one of the toughest players in baseball.
Daulton was traded to the Florida Marlins in 1997 where he spent his final two and a half months of his baseball career. Marlins manager Jim Leyland credited Daulton’s leadership in the clubhouse with helping the team win the World Series that year.”
We send our prayers and condolences to a great leader, a great teammate, and a tremendous human being, rest in paradise Dutch!
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