Darren “Dutch” Daulton, the charismatic catcher who played a crucial role on the Phildaelphia Phillies’ 1993 World Series team, died on Sunday at the age of 55 after a lengthy battle with brain cancer, the team announced.
Daulton, a three-time All-Star who won the 1992 Silver Slugger Award, is best remembered for his 14 seasons with the Phillies, getting voted into the organization’s Wall of Fame in 2010. He went on to win a World Series ring in 1997 with the Florida Marlins before retiring that year.
In July 2013, Daulton had surgery to remove two tumors in his brain, and two weeks later announced that he was suffering from glioblastoma — an aggressive form of brain cancer. Daulton said in February 2015 that he was cancer-free.
But the Phillies and Daulton’s foundation released a statement last month indicating that Daulton was “struggling with right now with his four-year battle with brain cancer.”
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In his post-baseball career, Daulton hosted a radio show, “Talking Baseball with Dutch,” on 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia.
Dalton, who hit .245 with 137 home runs and 588 RBI in his career, was ranked the 25th-greatest catcher of all time by the Historical Baseball Abstract in 2001.