PHILADELPHIA — It is with heavy hearts that PattisonAve.com announce the passing of Darren Daulton. According to a statement released by the Philadelphia Phillies, the former catcher died late Sunday Night at the age of 55 after a four-year battle with brain cancer.
Dutch was born in 1962. He was drafted in the 25th round of the June 1980 Draft by the Phillies. According to 6ABC’s Jeff Skverysky, Dutch went on to play 14 seasons with the Phillies and during that time was a three-time All-Star and led the NL in RBI’s in 1992 and won the Sliver Slugger with 109 RBI’s becoming just the fourth catcher to win the RBI title. He helped lead the Phillies to the ’93 World Series and was a World Series Champ in 1997 with the Florida Marlins.
According to the Phillies statement, he went to the Marlins in July of 1997 and spent the final 2 1/2 months of career there. Then-Marlins Manager Jim Leyland credited Daulton’s clubhouse leadership as a reason the team was able to raise the crown.
As a member of the Phillies, he is the only catcher in the teams history with two 100-RBI seasons (109 in ’92 & 105 in ’93). He holds the Phillies single-season records for catcher in walks (117), doubles (35) putouts (981) and double plays (19). Each of those records was set during the ’93 season. In 1,109 games with the Phillies, he batted .245 with 189 doubles, 134 home runs and 567 RBI’s.
Daulton received the Players Choice Comeback Player of the Year Award (1997) and the Sporting News Comeback Player of the Year Award (1997). He was inducted into the Reading Baseball Hall of Fame (1997). He was also selected as the starting catcher on the All-Vet Team (2003) and was inducted into the Phillies Wall of Fame (2010).
Darren lived most of his adult life in Clearwater, however he started living in Philadelphia during the season starting in 2010 to host “Talking Baseball with Dutch” five days a week. It was July 1, 2013 that he had the surgery to remove two brain tumors at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. That is where the “Right On; Fight On,” motto gave to fruition. He established the Darren Daulton Foundation in 2011, but shifted the foundation’s mission in 2013 to raise funds for brain cancer that claimed the lives of other Phillies: Johnny Oates, Ken Brett, Tug McGraw and John Vukovich.
The following statements are from the Phillies press release:
“Darren was a true leader of men. The Phillies would not have gone to the 1993 World Series without his leadership,” said Phillies Chairman Emeritus Bill Giles. “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. In fact, he called me ‘Uncle Bill.'”
“All of us at the Phillies are saddened to hear of Darren’s passing. 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 1990’s. Jim Fregosi asked so much of him as catcher, clean-up hitter and team leader. He responded to all three challenges. One of my toughest decisions as team president was to approve his trade to the Marlins in July of 1997. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Amanda, his parents, his brother and his four children. Dutch was truly “one of a kind” and we will dearly miss him.”
Also in the statement:
Funeral services for Darren will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Darren Daulton Foundation, 1339 Chestnut Street, Suite 500, Philadelphia, PA 19107.