Every once in a while there is an athlete that might not be as well know as a perennial all-star, but is someone who is a household name to you and your family. That player in my house growing up in NJ was Darren Daulton, who was a catcher for the Phillies from 1983-1997. He was my mother’s favorite player and even though I was a Yankee fan, he was naturally someone I followed on a daily basis.
When I was younger we used to go to a few Phillies games a year and we had great seats. Thanks to my father’s company owning a box near first base; we were in the second row back (talk about needing to keep your head on a swivel). During those days it was Daulton, Dykstra, Schilling, and Kruk who were the “stars” for the Phillies and they all made it to the 1993 World Series. The Phillies eventually lost to the Blue Jays after Mitch Williams let up a game winning three run homer to Joe Carter in game six to stop the Phillies storied season.
Yesterday, Darren Daulton passed away at the young age of 55 from brain cancer. He has battled cancer the past four years and has also started the Darren Daulton Foundation to raise money for awareness and research for brain cancer and brain tumors. I spoke to my mom this morning to ask if she saw the news and she had. She then sent me the picture below, as she still has Daulton memorabilia in the kitchen of her house.
I have a lot of great memories with my family trekking from the Jersey Shore to Philadelphia and watching the Phillies play. I remember buying packs of baseball cards to see if I had any Darren Daulton cards to give to my mom. Luckily I was able to see Darren Daulton live and share the experience with my mother while she was able to see her baseball idol in action. Thank you Mr. Daulton for the impact you had and always will have on my family.