Unique items available for Wood auction
Players, celebrities pitch in for Saturday's charity event
CHICAGO -- How would you like to own the helmet Chicago Cubs catcher Michael Barrett wore when he was hit on the head by a pitch? Or a jersey autographed by Carlos Zambrano? Or a Derrek Lee jersey and spikes? Or a toilet seat signed by the Cubs team?
Those are some of the items available for bid in a silent auction as part of Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood's Strike Zone celebrity bowling tournament, which will be held Saturday at the 10-Pin Bowling Lounge, 330 N. State, to benefit Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Last year, Wood and his wife, Sarah, raised more than $400,000.
Anyone interested in bidding on the unique items should check out www.kerrywoodstrikezone.com and click "View Auction."
There are goodies autographed by several Cubs, including a jersey and spikes worn by Lee, the National League batting champion and Gold Glove winner. There also is a jersey signed by Greg Maddux, plus items donated by Mark Prior and Nomar Garciaparra. Two of the world champion Chicago White Sox, Jon Garland and Paul Konerko, also signed souvenirs. Other players who autographed items for Wood's event include Albert Pujols, Ken Griffey Jr., Miguel Cabrera, Larry Walker and Luis Gonzalez.
Barrett was hit on the head on Sept. 14 by Cincinnati's Matt Belisle, and has signed the helmet that saved him. It's up for auction, along with a toilet seat signed by the Cubs players. There's also a guitar signed by the Rolling Stones, and football memorabilia signed by Gale Sayers, Dan Hampton and Mike Ditka.
Celebrities confirmed for Saturday's event include Prior, Ryan Dempster and Glendon Rusch, plus Hall of Fame second baseman Ryne Sandberg, former Cubs Mark Grace and Rick Sutcliffe, and Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello.
The "Kerry Wood's Strike Zone -- A Celebrity Bowling Tournament to Help Strike Out Cancer" benefits Children's Memorial Hospital and will feature celebrities joining each of 24 corporate-sponsored teams for a day of bowling and camaraderie.
After the tournament, Kerry and Sarah Wood will host a celebrity bartending event at Le Passage, 937 N. Rush Street, where celebrities will compete for tips while pouring drinks for customers. Doors open to the general public at 9:00 p.m. CT and the event will go until 11 p.m. Included in the evening's festivities will be a live auction to win an evening at Le Passage with Cubs pitcher Todd Wellemeyer. Proceeds from the auction as well as a cover charge of $30 and all tips will be donated to Children's Memorial Hospital.
Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago is recognized as one of the top pediatric hospitals in the country and was ranked No. 1 in Illinois in U.S. News & World Report. Its physicians are on the faculty at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. Children's Memorial is a not-for-profit charitable organization serving more than 94,000 children annually and is largely supported by private donations.
Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.