It is with a heavy heart that I heard that Darren “Dutch” Daulton passed away today at age 55. Daulton, who was inducted to the Phillies Wall of Fame in 2010, was originally diagnosed with glioblastoma in 2013.
He recovered and made a triumphant return to Spring Training in 2015. I was there that day. He had looked like a new man and he strode proudly onto the field while fans called out to him. (You can read my article about that day HERE.)
I will always keep this picture of him in my mind and hope that he rests in peace now that his long fight against cancer is over.
Today was one of those great days that you will remember for years to come as one of those days where you brag, “I WAS THERE!” Today, Darren Dalton announced he is now free of cancer and he returned to Brighthouse Field for Spring Training. If you’d like more details of Daulton’s ordeal please read HERE.
Darren Daulton salutes the crowd at Brighthouse
Say what you will about Ruben Amaro, he was genuinely happy to see Daulton as you can see in the pictures below.
Ruben Amaro shakes Darren Daulton’s hand
Amaro embraces Daulton on this happy day
It was great to see Daulton so vibrant and full of life return to Spring Training. I was honored to be a witness.