Darren Daulton, the all-star catcher who helped lead the Philadelphia Phillies’ National League championship team in 1993, died Aug. 6 in Clearwater, Fla. He was 55.
Mr. Daulton had battled brain cancer since 2013. He had two tumors removed during brain surgery on July 1, 2013, but nine days later was diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer that also took the lives of his former teammate Tug McGraw and former coach John Vukovich.
Mr. Daulton played 13½ of his 14 major league seasons with Philadelphia and finished his career with the 1997 World Series champion Florida Marlins, batting .389 (7 for 18) with two doubles and one home run in a seven-game series against Cleveland.
Mr. Daulton, a left-handed hitter, batted .245 with 137 homers and 588 RBIs in 1,161 games. He went to three All-Star Games and led the National League with 109 RBIs in 1992.
Mr. Daulton, nicknamed “Dutch,” policed a wild clubhouse in 1993 that included Lenny Dykstra, John Kruk, Dave Hollins, Pete Incaviglia, Mitch Williams and Curt Schilling.
Mr. Daulton’s finest season was in 1992, when he batted .270 with 27 homers and 109 RBIs. The next year, he helped guide Philadelphia to the World Series, where the Phillies lost to the Toronto Blue Jays in six games. His career was subsequently hindered by several injuries. He was traded to the Marlins in 1997.
Darren Arthur Daulton was born in Arkansas City, Kan., on Jan. 3, 1962. He was drafted by the Phillies in 1980 and made his debut with the team three years later after playing for the Class AA Reading (Pa.) Phillies.
Mr. Daulton struggled with alcohol abuse and had multiple arrests for drunken driving.
His marriages to model Lynne Austin and Nicole Garcia ended in divorce. In 2013, he married former professional golfer Amanda Dick. Besides his wife, survivors include four children; his parents; and a brother.