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Darren Daulton

Silver Slugger Award 1992
All-Star Selection 1992-93, 95
Kansas City Sports Hall of Fame 2006

Full Name: Darren Arthur Daulton
Bats: Left Throws: Right
Height: 6-2 Weight: 195 lbs.
Born: Jan 03, 1962 in Arkansas City, KS
College: ?
Major League Debut: Sep 25, 1983
Died:

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CAREER BATTING STATS
  BATTING
Year Team Avg G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K OBP SLG OPS
1983 PHI .333 2 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .500 .333 .833
1985 PHI .204 36 103 14 21 3 1 4 11 16 37 .311 .369 .680
1986 PHI .225 49 138 18 31 4 0 8 21 38 41 .391 .428 .819
1987 PHI .194 53 129 10 25 6 0 3 13 16 37 .281 .310 .591
1988 PHI .208 58 144 13 30 6 0 1 12 17 26 .288 .271 .559
1989 PHI .201 131 368 29 74 12 2 8 44 52 58 .303 .310 .612
1990 PHI .268 143 459 62 123 30 1 12 57 72 72 .367 .416 .783
1991 PHI .196 89 285 36 56 12 0 12 42 41 66 .297 .365 .662
1992 PHI .270 145 485 80 131 32 5 27 109 88 103 .385 .524 .908
1993 PHI .257 147 510 90 131 35 4 24 105 117 111 .392 .482 .875
1994 PHI .300 69 257 43 77 17 1 15 56 33 43 .380 .549 .929
1995 PHI .249 98 342 44 85 19 3 9 55 55 52 .359 .401 .759
1996 PHI .167 5 12 3 2 0 0 0 0 7 5 .500 .167 .667
1997 FLA .262 52 126 22 33 8 2 3 21 22 17 .371 .429 .799
1997 PHI .264 84 269 46 71 13 6 11 42 54 57 .381 .480 .860
1997 Total .263 136 395 68 104 21 8 14 63 76 74 .378 .463 .841
  AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K OBP SLG OPS
Totals .245 1161 3630 511 891 197 25 137 588 629 726 .357 .427 .784

  BATTING BASERUNNING MISC
Year Team HBP GDP TB IBB SH SF SB CS SB% AB/HR AB/K
1983 PHI 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0.0 3.0
1985 PHI 0 1 38 0 0 0 3 0 1.000 25.8 2.8
1986 PHI 1 1 59 3 2 2 2 3 .400 17.3 3.4
1987 PHI 0 0 40 1 4 1 0 0 .000 43.0 3.5
1988 PHI 0 2 39 1 0 2 2 1 .667 144.0 5.5
1989 PHI 2 4 114 8 1 1 2 1 .667 46.0 6.3
1990 PHI 2 6 191 9 3 4 7 1 .875 38.3 6.4
1991 PHI 2 4 104 4 2 5 5 0 1.000 23.8 4.3
1992 PHI 6 3 254 11 0 6 11 2 .846 18.0 4.7
1993 PHI 2 2 246 12 0 8 5 0 1.000 21.3 4.6
1994 PHI 1 3 141 2 0 1 4 1 .800 17.1 6.0
1995 PHI 5 4 137 2 0 2 3 0 1.000 38.0 6.6
1996 PHI 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0.0 2.4
1997 FLA 1 1 54 1 0 2 2 1 .667 42.0 7.4
1997 PHI 1 3 129 4 0 7 4 0 1.000 24.5 4.7
1997 Total 2 4 183 5 0 9 6 1 .857 28.2 5.3
  HBP GDP TB IBB SH SF SB CS SB% AB/HR AB/K
Totals 24 35 1549 58 12 41 50 10 .833 26.5 5.0


CAREER FIELDING STATS
Year Team POS G PO A E DP FPCT
1983 PHI C 2 8 0 0 0 1.000
1985 PHI C 28 160 15 1 1 .994
1986 PHI C 48 244 21 4 6 .985
1987 PHI C 40 201 11 2 3 .991
1987 PHI 1B 1 9 1 0 2 1.000
1987 Total   41 210 12 2 5 .991
1988 PHI C 44 196 15 5 1 .977
1988 PHI 1B 1 10 0 1 0 .909
1988 Total   45 206 15 6 1 .974
1989 PHI C 126 629 52 11 4 .984
1990 PHI C 139 683 67 8 11 .989
1991 PHI C 88 493 32 8 5 .985
1992 PHI C 141 760 69 11 8 .987
1993 PHI C 147 986 67 9 18 .992
1994 PHI C 68 435 41 3 2 .994
1995 PHI C 95 632 45 4 5 .994
1996 PHI LF 5 6 0 0 0 1.000
1996 PHI UN 5 6 0 0 0 1.000
1996 Total   10 12 0 0 0 1.000
1997 FLA 1B 39 230 17 4 22 .984
1997 FLA RF 3 0 0 0 0 .000
1997 FLA UN 3 0 0 0 0 .000
1997 FLA LF 1 0 0 0 0 .000
1997 PHI 1B 3 29 0 0 0 1.000
1997 PHI RF 70 132 6 3 3 .979
1997 PHI UN 70 132 6 3 3 .979
1997 Total   189 523 29 10 28 .982
  G PO A E DP FPCT
Totals 1167 5981 465 77 94 .988



Daulton overcame numerous knee injuries to develop into one of the National League's most productive catchers, and was the inspirational leader of the 1993 NL pennant-winning Phillies. Philadelphia traded away Bo Diaz and then Ozzie Virgil to make room for the Daulton - John Russell catching platoon, but injuries limited Daulton's playing time in 1984-85. A home-plate collision with Mike Heath in June 1986 tore up his left knee, ending his season and thereafter preventing him from crouching as low as other catchers. In 1987 the Phillies signed Lance Parrish, and Daulton remained the backup until 1989. He caught 126 games that season, although his offensive game (.201, eight home runs) still needed work.

Darren caught Terry Mulholland's No Hitter on 8/15/1990 when the Phillies beat the San Francisco Giants 6-0.

In May 1991 Phillies leadoff man Lenny Dykstra was driving Daulton home late at night from teammate John Kruk's bachelor party. Dykstra, who had been drinking, lost control of the car and crashed into a tree. He was later charged with driving under the influence and suffered three broken ribs, a broken collarbone and a broken cheekbone, while Daulton would escape with a broken left eye socket and a scratched cornea. Both players would miss substantial playing time the rest of the season.

Daulton turned into a force at the plate in 1992, when he belted 27 home runs and led the National League with 109 RBIs (perhaps more impressively, he managed 11 stolen bases) and made the first of two straight trips to the All Star game. The following season he virtually duplicated those numbers (24, 105) while leading the surprising Phillies to an NL East title. Daulton, Kruk and Dykstra came to symbolize the gritty, hustling blue-collar character of the club. After upsetting the two-time defending NL Champion Braves in the NLCS, Philadelphia fell in a six-game World Series to Toronto as closer Mitch Williams blew a pair of late-inning leads.

After catching 287 games the previous two seasons, Daulton began to lose time behind the plate to his perennial knee problems. He tore ligaments in his right knee in August 1995 and played in just five games the next season. When he returned in 1997 he took to the outfield with cameos at first base. Stuck in a rebuilding mode, the Phillies traded Daulton to Florida that July. His veteran leadership and clutch bat helped the wild-card winning Marlins into the World Series, where Daulton closed out his career on a high note as Florida defeated Cleveland in a seven-game war of attrition.


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