Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Darren Daulton Making a Difference

A Philadelphia Phillies icon remains active in the community through his charitable foundation.

In 1993, the Phillies astounded the baseball world with their magical worst-to-first season. 
That squad, nicknamed ‘Macho Row’, had a clear leader in team captain Darren Daulton.
Known affectionately as ‘Dutch’, the left-handed hitting catcher would play in parts of 14 seasons with the Phillies. 
He made his debut during the Phils’ 1983 NL Championship season, and ended his career winning a World Series with the Florida Marlins in 1997. 
In the 2001 edition of his popular Baseball Abstract, respected baseball statistical guru Bill James ranked Daulton as the 25th greatest catcher of all-time.
Since his retirement, Daulton has remained active with the Phillies organization. He was selected to a place of honor on the Phillies Wall of Fame in 2010, and has since been joined by 1993 teammates Curt Schilling and John Kruk in being so honored.
Daulton also began a charitable organization, the Darren Daulton Foundation, which aids those suffering from brain cancer, tumors, and various injuries. 
Daulton himself had surgery in July of 2013 to resection two brain tumors related to glioblastoma.
The surgery, performed at Philly’s Thomas Jefferson Hospital, was a success, and a year ago Daulton announced that he was cancer-free.
In a press release that came out today from board member Caleb Mezzy, the Foundation has announced a number of partnerships and successes that continued for the charitable organization during 2015. 
These included partnerships with the Philadelphia Phillies, Comcast, Citizens Bank, Yuengling, and the Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa.
These partnerships, and fundraisers such as the annual golf outing at Plymouth Country Club helped raise funds and awareness for the foundation and its good work. 
That work resulted in financial assistance to a number of individuals in the Philly area and around the country suffering from brain cancer, brain tumors, and brain injuries.
The press release also included a number of new additions to the organization board of directors, and announced that former Phillies pitcher Tommy Greene, a 1993 teammate of Daulton’s, has been named the first-ever Ambassador to the Foundation. 
Greene still lives in the area, and is a regular contributor as a TV studio analyst on Phillies post-game broadcasts.
Those who wish to contribute or volunteer with the foundation, or simply learn more information, can visit the official website at the link contained with this article. 
This is just another example of many in which the Phillies as an organization and a number of players and former players as individuals are giving back to the community.

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