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Former Philadelphia catcher Darren Daulton dies
Monday Aug 07, 2017 12:00am

(PHILADELPHIA) – Former Philadelphia Phillies All-Star catcher Darren Daulton has died at age 55, the team said Sunday. Daulton was diagnosed with cancer in 2013 and went into remission in 2015. He was a key part of and leader on the 1993 Phillies team that surprised by winning the National League pennant and lost to the Toronto Blue Jays in six games in the World Series. Daulton was found to have two brain tumors in June 2013 and, after surgery to remove them, was diagnosed with glioblastoma, a highly malignant form of brain cancer, the following month. He underwent radiation, speech therapy and other treatment before announcing he was cancer-free in February 2015. Glioblastoma has also claimed the lives of other notable baseball players, including Gary Carter, Tug McGraw and Johnny Oates. Daulton was a bonding force in the Phillies' clubhouse during his 13½ seasons in Philadelphia. He was known for his work ethic, old-school toughness and smile. He also was a defensive standout and one of the Phillies' biggest left-handed bats during his heyday. He won the Silver Slugger Award in 1992, the same season he led the National League in RBIs, with 109. He followed that performance with 105 RBIs (sixth in the NL) in 1993, becoming one of only nine catchers in MLB history to drive in 100 or more runs in back-to-back seasons. He was named to the All-Star team in 1992, '93 and '95. Injuries and knee problems took a toll on Daulton. He underwent nine knee surgeries over the course of his career, and in his final few seasons, he transitioned to play outfield and first base and pinch hit. With his career in decline, the Phillies traded Daulton to the Florida Marlins in July 1997. He hit .262 with three home runs and 21 RBIs in 52 games as the Marlins marched into the postseason. He batted cleanup in Game 7 as Florida won the World Series, and then he retired.

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