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Darren Daulton, Former Phillies Catcher, Dies at 55

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Catcher Darren Daulton of the Philadelphia Phillies runs around the bases during a game against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado. (Tim DeFrisco/Stringer/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 07 Aug 2017 10:38 AM

Darren Daulton, the former Philadelphia Phillies catcher who helped his team win the National League pennant in 1993, has died after a long fight with brain cancer. He was 55.

The Phillies confirmed Daulton's death on Sunday, according to ESPN.

Over the years, Daulton has been widely known as the All-Star catcher who helped lead the Phillies to the National League pennant before they later lost to the Toronto Blue Jays in six games in the World Series.

"We played hard and did everything hard. It was fun, and that was what made us special," Daulton once said about the '93 Phillies team.

Daulton had been battling brain cancer for the past four years, according to CBS Philly. He was diagnosed with glioblastoma in 2013.

Phillies chairman emeritus Bill Giles issued a statement about Daulton following his death, ESPN noted.

"Darren was a true leader of men," Giles said. "The Phillies would not have gone to the 1993 World Series without his leadership. 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.'"

Phillies chairman David Montgomery also offered his sentiments.

"All of us at the Phillies are saddened to hear of Darren's passing," Montgomery said, according to ESPN. "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 1990s. Jim Fregosi asked so much of him as catcher, cleanup 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."

According to CBS Philly, Daulton made his MLB debut with the Phillies in 1983 and remained on the team for 14 years.

Six years after his debut, Daulton became the team's starting catcher.

Daulton was remembered on Twitter.

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