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Former Philadelphia Phillies All-Star catcher Darren Daulton, professional baseball player, has died

Philadelphia has lost one of its greatest sports heroes. Former Philadelphia Phillies All-Star catcher Darren Daulton, professional baseball player, has died at age 55, Sunday.

He was a key part of and leader on the 1993 Phillies team that surprised by winning the National League pennant and 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. Daulton was born Jan. 3, 1962, in Arkansas City, Kansas.

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He was drafted by the Phillies in the 25th round of the 1980 draft and made his debut on Sept. 25, 1983, against the St. Louis Cardinals. Daulton was diagnosed with cancer in 2013. He had two brain tumors and supported surgery to remove them but after was diagnosed with glioblastoma, a highly malignant form of brain cancer. After treatment, he made announcement he was cancer-free in February 2015. But things went wrong.. A lot of reacrions give him appreciation now. "All of us at the Phillies are saddened to hear of Darren's passing," Phillies chairman David Montgomery 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 1990s.” Funeral services for Daulton will be private, the Phillies said. Daulton's passing comes five days before the start of the Phillies' annual alumni weekend.

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