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Darren Daulton (1962 - 2017)

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Darren Daulton (1962 - 2017)

Darren Daulton, the legendary former catcher for the Philadelphia Phillies who won the World Series with the Florida Marlins in 1997, died Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017, in Clearwater, Florida, according to multiple news sources including The Associated Press.

Daulton, who had brain cancer, was 55.

Also known as Dutch, Daulton was diagnosed with cancer four years ago.

The former three-time All-Star, a right-hander who batted left, was known for his run production. He had 588 career RBI.

Daulton was named an All-Star in 1992, 1993, and 1995.

He won the Silver Slugger Award in 1992 after leading the National League in RBI with 109.

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He was born Jan. 3, 1962, in Arkansas City, Kansas.

The Phillies shared their condolences via social media.

“We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of 1993 NL Champion and Phillies Wall of Fame catcher Darren Daulton,” the team wrote in a Twitter post. The tweet was accompanied by a photo of Daulton in his Phillies uniform and catcher’s mask.

Former Philadelphia Eagles Pro Bowl linebacker Seth Joyner tweeted, “RIP Dutch, it’s been my pleasure to know you my friend! I will see you on the other side! #Peace&Love #Philadelphia #Phillies”

John Kruk, one of Daulton’s former teammates with the Phillies, recalled in an interview that former Marlins skipper Jim Leyland told him that Daulton was the linchpin in the team’s World Series win.

“He told me when Dutch stepped in that locker room everyone on that team looked at him and said, ‘There’s our leader,’“ Kruk said. “He had so much respect from the league that when he went to Florida they knew they were getting a guy you can lean on. I know Jim said it made his job a lot easier.”

He was married three times, to Lynne Austin from 1989 to 1995, to Nicole Garcia from 1995 to 2004, and Amanda Dick from 2013 until his death. All three survive him.

He is also survived by four children, Summer Daulton, Savannah Daulton, Zachary Daulton, and Darren Daulton II.

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