Former All-Star catcher Darren Daulton dies at 55

Ex-Phillies Catcher Darren Daulton Dead at 55 After Brain Cancer Battle

Phillies legend Darren Daulton dead at 55

After doctors discovered two brain tumors in 2013, Daulton was later diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer.

The three-time All-Star was the unofficial captain of the team that rallied from a last-place finish in 1992 to win 97 games in 1993, going practically wire-to-wire in the National League East before stunning the 103-win Atlanta Braves in the National League Championship Series.

"Darren was a true leader of men", read a statement from Phillies chairman emeritus Bill Giles. Besides his wife, survivors include four children; his parents; and a brother.

"Dutch, as we called him, was a warrior and a leader", Dykstra, fighting back tears, said in the video. Daulton played in 3 All Star games and earned a World Series Ring with the 1997 Florida Marlins.

Daulton won the Silver Slugger award when he led the National League with 109 RBIs in 1992, just the fourth catcher in league history to win the RBI title.

If you didn't follow baseball in the 1990s, you might be a little confused as to why so many fans were so crushed by the news of Darren Daulton's death Sunday. The most famous of those years coinciding with a berth in the 1993 World Series.

The left-handed hitting Daulton batted.245 with 137 homers and 588 RBIs in 1,161 games. He was drafted by the Phillies in 1980 and made his debut with the team three years later after playing for the AA Reading Phillies.

He policed a wild clubhouse in '93 that included Lenny Dykstra, John Kruk, Dave Hollins, Pete Incaviglia, Mitch Williams and Curt Schilling. I really enjoyed watching him for 14 years in uniform.

'His teammates loved him.

Your honor, tonight I pray that God provides you the wisdom to judge my friend and provide him the opportunity to make amends with himself and the people that love him.

Darren Arthur Daulton was born in Arkansas City, Kan., on January 3, 1962.

Daulton spent his 14 seasons as the Phillies' catcher.

Funeral services for the famed baseball player will be private, the Phillies have said.

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