Darren Daulton was elected into the Kansas Babe Ruth Hall of Fame in 1992. As a youth, Darren played Babe Ruth Baseball in Arkansas City and was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 25th round of the 1980 June Free Agent Draft. He made his major league debut with the Phillies in 1983. Among his accomplishments in major league baseball, he hit .270 for the Phillies in 1992 and led the National League with a career-high 109 RBI (fourth catcher in history to lead his league in RBI). He also hit a career-high 27 home runs that year, he had 24 home runs and 105 RBI in 1993, his two-run double keyed a 6-3 win over the Atlanta Braves in Game 6 of the 1993 National League Championship Series, he led the Phillies in home runs (15) and RBI (56) while playing in only 69 games in 1994, and he was the first Phillie catcher in history to record 100 walks in a season in 1993.
In 1995, “Dutch” batted .249 with nine home runs and 55 RBI in 98 games and was a member of the National League All-Star team for the third time in the previous four seasons. He tore a ligament in his right knee during the month of August and missed the remainder of the season. He moved from backstop to left field in 1996, but continued to have knee problems, however he made a strong comeback in 1997 and was traded to the Florida Marlins later that year. Besides giving the Marlins added offense, he also brought a presence to the clubhouse and added credibility. His acquisition also offered a further statement that the Marlins’ front office was serious about making a real post-season run, which they did by winning the World Series against Cleveland.
Daulton’s example of determination and hard work to achieve loft goals no matter how far away they seem are characteristics of his success in major league baseball and a model for Babe Ruth players throughout the state and nation. Induction ceremonies for Darren were held August 5, 2000 during the Midwest Plains Regional Tournament, 13 Year Old Division, in Moundridge.
In 2013, Darren was diagnosed with brain cancer and passed away August 6, 2017.