Notes: Fans get chance to help Lee

Notes: Fans get chance to help Lee

CHICAGO -- People attending the Cubs Convention can help first baseman Derrek Lee in his effort to find a cure for Lebers Congenital Amaurosis, an inherited form of blindness that has affected his daughter, Jada.

Maroon bracelets inscribed with "Project 3000" on one side and "Believe the Unseen" on the other will be available for $5 at a booth at the convention, which will be held Jan. 19-21 at the Hilton Chicago Hotel. Proceeds from the sale will go toward Project 3000, which Lee established in hopes of furthering research for LCA.

There also will be a raffle for an autographed jersey and two signed photos at the booth.

People are urged to contact for more information about Project 3000 and LCA.

Glove work: Cubs outfielder Matt Murton and pitchers Jason Marquis and Rich Hill will participate in the fourth annual Wilson baseball clinic on Jan. 27 at Prospect High School in Mt. Prospect, Ill. The clinic is for boys or girls, ages 8 to 18, and costs $100 per person.

Toby Hall of the White Sox, pitcher George Kontos -- who attended Northwestern University and is a top prospect in the Yankees organization -- Moose Skowron and Ed Farmer will participate. Major League scouts Bill Harford, Al Hargesheimer, Phil Rizzo and Rich Bombard also will help in the instruction and Cubs general manager Jim Hendry will make an appearance.

There will be two three-hour sessions, as well as a silent auction of Cubs and White Sox memorabilia. All participants will receive a Wilson item and an autograph from one of the players. For more information, call (630) 359-4512 or send an e-mail to

Pizza delivery: Cubs catcher Michael Barrett has teamed up with The Original Gino's East of Chicago, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary. Barrett will be a spokesman for the pizzeria, which is famous for Chicago deep dish pizza.

"Michael is a great role model and a great friend to Gino's East," said president Jeffrey Himmel. "We are delighted that Michael calls Gino's East deep dish his 'favorite pizza,' and we are privileged to have him on the Gino's East team."

You've got mail: With the addition of Ted Lilly and Hill in the rotation, Lee H. of Warwick, England, e-mailed to ask how left-handed pitchers have fared at Wrigley Field over the years. Baseball historian Ed Hartig did his homework, and came up with this answer:

Over the last 10 years, from 1997 to 2006, Cubs lefty starters are 28-48 at Wrigley with a 5.13 ERA in 117 games. They've thrown three complete games at the ballpark (Andrew Lorraine in 1999 and Rich Hill had one in 2006), and have given up 99 home runs over 647 1/3 innings.

Prior to 1997, no Cubs lefty started a game at Wrigley from 1994-96. In addition, the Cubs used southpaw starters at Wrigley only once in 1998, not at all in 2001, and twice in 2002.

The last time Cubs lefty starters posted a winning record at Wrigley was in 1998 when Terry Mulholland started and won the only game started by a Cubs lefty at the park that season. The last Cubs southpaw to win at least five games at Wrigley in a season was Greg Hibbard, who went 7-6 in 1993.

At least one Cubs lefty starter won at least five games at Wrigley each year from 1960-70. The last time two lefty starters did it in the same year was in 1961 with Jack Curtis (8-4) and Dick Ellsworth (6-7). Ellsworth won at least five games as a starter at Wrigley every year from 1961-65 and Ken Holtzman did so from 1966-70. In 1967, Holtzman was 5-0 in seven starts at Wrigley.

Ellsworth holds the Cubs' record for lefty starters at Wrigley with 123 starts, 51 wins and 49 losses. Holtzman is the only other Cubs southpaw with 100 starts at Wrigley with 106 (44-37 record in starts). Hippo Vaughn is second in wins as a starter at Wrigley with 46 (against 38 losses in 97 starts) from 1916-21.

The most starts by Cubs southpaws in a season at Wrigley was 43 by six Chicago lefties in 1966: Ellsworth, Holtzman, Bob Hendley, Curt Simmons, Dave Dowling and Rich Nye.

Vaughn and Lefty Tyler combined for 24 wins in 1918 -- the most wins by Cubs lefty starters at Wrigley in a season.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.