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1993 Phillies 20-Year Reunion could be missing its heart and soul


On Sunday, August 4th, 2013, the Philadelphia Phillies will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the 1993 National League Champions- perhaps the most beloved team in franchise history.


But after the devastating news released earlier this week regarding Darren Daulton, the centerpiece and undisputed leader of this team, it doesn’t seem right to really celebrate anything.


In a statement released through Daulton’s website Wednesday, it was revealed that, although the two tumors were removed during last week’s surgery, Daulton has been diagnosed with Glioblastoma (“GBM”), an aggressive form of brain cancer. In other words, the tumors removed were highly malignant, and run the risk of spreading rapidly. If you thought Dutch had an uphill battle before, that’s nothing compared to the fight he’s up against now. Daulton is back at his home in Florida and is said to be receiving treatment.


Phillies Alumni Weekend is always special. It’s a chance to see some of your all-time favorite players and reminisce about the old times. For the ‘93 club, Daulton constitutes a big part of those memories. He was there longer than anybody, played with some of the Phillies all-time greats, suffered the most setbacks, the most losing. This is akin to the Beatles having a reunion show without John Lennon.  


Maybe I’m wrong, but by the looks of it at this time, it seems highly unlikely that Daulton will be part of the festivities, and that’s a really sad thing. The glue who kept that entire team together might not even be able to reunite with his teammates one more time. It already won’t be a complete reunion. Coaches John Vukovich, Johnny Podres and Mel Roberts have all passed away, and who knows what the next 20 years will bring for anybody.


The Phillies family are no strangers to their alumni battling brain cancer. Tug McGraw and Vukovich lost their battles to the disease over the last ten years. Unfortunately, you can now add Daulton to that list of battlers. Dutch, everyone in Philly knows you will fight this with the same tenacity that you had on the baseball diamond, and we are behind you every step of the way. If you’re not there, we understand. Alumni Weekend at the Bank just won’t be the same without you.


Right on, fight on.


Contact Joe Vallee at jvallee@philly2philly.com

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