All-Star baseball player dead at 55

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Former All-Star catcher of the Philadelphia Phillies, Darren Daulton, has died at the age of 55.

Daulton, who was the leader of the Philadelphia Phillies’ NL championship team in 1993, battled brain cancer since 2013.

He had two tumors removed during brain surgery in July of 2013, but several days later was diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer.

Phillies’ chairman emeritus Bill Giles said, “Darren was a true leader of men.”

He described the player as an outstanding leader and an ultimate 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,” Giles added.

Daulton made his MLB debut with the Phillies in 1983; he became the team’s full-time catcher in 1989.

Daulton played 14 1/2 of his 15 major league seasons with Philadelphia and ended his career with the 1997 World Series champion Florida Marlins, batting .389 with two doubles and one homer in a seven-game series against Cleveland.

He regulated a wild clubhouse in ’93 that included Lenny Dykstra, John Kruk, Dave Hollins, Pete Incaviglia, Mitch Williams and Curt Schilling.

Phillies’ chairman David Montgomery regarded Daulton as one of the most well-respected men to ever play the game of baseball. He said, “From the day that we drafted him until today, he constantly earned our respect and admiration as both a player and person, Darren was the face of our franchise in the early 1990’s.”

Daulton is survived by his parents, Carol and Dave; brother, Dave Jr.; wife, Amanda; and his four children: Zachary, Summer, Savannah and Darren Jr.

Also announced dead today is Don Baylor.  He played for 19 years in for MLB.  More details… click here.

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