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Daulton’s death adds to Phillies list, but still no connection

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The death of Darren Daulton the other day from brain cancer was a very tough event on longtime Phillies fans. Dutch was a very popular player among his peers and the fans really loved him too.

His death is the 4th player that has been from the same aggressive brain cancer, Gliboblastoma, that has taken Tug McGraw, John Vukovich, and John Oates from us over the years. It is also the cancer that politician John McCain has.

The common denominator is that all of these players played in Veterans Stadium for some time, and other Astro Turf stadiums that were popular in the mid-1970’s and into the 80’s and 90’s and in Philadelphia’s case, right up until 2003 when Veterans Stadium closed up after that season.

What I remember as a fan from back in the Veterans Stadium era, that when we had heatwaves, the heat on the field was unbearable. The temperatures could be as high as 130 on the field when it was in the 90’s. There would need to be a larger study of more people that know someone who perhaps worked at the stadium for years and came down with this or something similar.

Here’s an article link that goes back to 2011 on more players that have come down with this type of cancer.

Is there a connection between what is a mystery that may never be solved? This was a question that was posed to a doctor, John Lee of the University of Pennsylvania hospital, area recently by CBS 3,

“Although we’re getting a rash of Phillies baseball players, it’s probably just the statistical anomaly and probably nothing we would be able to prove scientifically,” Lee said. 


“We currently have very little info or science to prove there’s any kind of association with brain cancer with anything that you’re exposed to,” Lee said.


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