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

The Phillies released a statement Sunday night saying Daulton had passed other details immediately available.

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

In the wake of former Phillies catcher Darren Daulton's death after a four-year battle with brain cancer, former teammate Lenny Dykstra paid tribute to a man he called his "brother" and "the toughest player" in an emotional Facebook video on Monday morning.

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.

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Daulton was traded to the Florida Marlins where he batted clean up and did pick up a World Series Ring.

With the injuries totaling up and young Mike Lieberthal forcing Daulton to the outfield from his natural catcher position, the Phillies chose to trade Daulton midseason to the (then) Florida Marlins for Billy McMillon.

Darren Daulton in 2013. "The Phillies would not have gone to the 1993 World Series without his leadership", said Phillies Chairman Emeritus Bill Giles. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Amanda, his parents, his brother and his four children.

The numbers that Daulton put up were not "leap off the page" good - he only hit.245 with 137 homers and 588 RBIs.

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He won the Silver Slugger Award in 1992, and was named to the All-Star team in '92, '93 and '95.

'In addition to being an outstanding clubhouse leader, he was also a fighter.

'I really enjoyed watching him for 14 years in uniform. He was picked in the 25th round of the 1980 MLB draft, out of Arkansas City HS in Arkansas, and made his major league debut for the Philadelphia Phillies three years later. Darren was a super human being.

"The Marlins organization wishes to express our deepest sympathy and sadness over the passing of 1997 World Series champion Darren Daulton". His teammates loved him, I loved him like he was one of my own.

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