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Cubs nominate Lilly for Clemente award
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The Cubs have nominated Ted Lilly for the Roberto Clemente Award

 

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

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Published: 9/1/2009 4:27 PM

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The Cubs nominated left-handed pitcher Ted Lilly on Tuesday for the 2009 Roberto Clemente Award.

He is one of 30 Major League Club nominees for the national 2009 Roberto Clemente Award, which is sponsored by Chevy and given annually to the Major League Baseball player who combines outstanding skills on the baseball field with devoted work in the community.

Wednesday will mark the eighth annual Roberto Clemente Day, which was established by Major League Baseball in 2002 to honor the legacy of Roberto Clemente. From Sept. 2 through Oct. 4, 2009, fans can log on to chevy.com/clemente and vote for one of the 30 Club nominees.

In his three seasons in the organization, Lilly has been active in the community. He works closely with Cubs Care and Chicago Cubs designated charities that support youth sports, children with special needs, victims of domestic violence and additional charities in the Lakeview/Wrigleyville community. His efforts have included visiting with patients at Children's Memorial Hospital & University of Chicago Comer's Children's Hospital, helping to raise funds for the Sheil Park Playlot Renovation and visiting with children from the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Illinois.

Lilly is also active in raising awareness and attending fundraising events for P.A.W.S. Chicago, the city's largest no-kill humane organization focused on alleviating Chicago's pet homelessness problem.

Additionally, Lilly has also sponsored an RBI team through the Union League Boys and Girls Club since 2007. RBI (Reviving Baseball in the Inner Cities) Baseball is a youth outreach program designed to increase participation and interest in baseball and academics with inner-city youths. Lilly also has funded a charitable ticket program for disadvantaged youth. Throughout the season, he purchases approximately 500 tickets and provides $10 in Cubs Dollars to each of his guests so that they can enjoy lunch at the ballpark. Lilly invites the young people out to a game and meets with them during batting practice.

Lilly donated his $7,500 grant from Chevy to P.A.W.S Chicago.

The award is named for Clemente, a 12-time All-Star and Hall of Famer who died on New Year's Eve 1972 while attempting to deliver supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.

Clemente winners

The list of national Roberto Clemente Award recipients includes 13 members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame:

1971: Willie Mays*

1972: Brooks Robinson*

1973: Al Kaline*

1974: Willie Stargell*

1975: Lou Brock*

1976: Pete Rose

1977: Rod Carew*

1978: Greg Luzinski

1979: Andre Thornton

1980: Phil Niekro*

1981: Steve Garvey

1982: Ken Singleton

1983: Cecil Cooper

1984: Ron Guidry

1985: Don Baylor

1986: Garry Maddox

1987: Rick Sutcliffe

1988: Dale Murphy

1989: Gary Carter*

1990: Dave Stewart

1991: Harold Reynolds

1992: Cal Ripken Jr.*

1993: Barry Larkin

1994: Dave Winfield*

1995: Ozzie Smith*

1996: Kirby Puckett*

1997: Eric Davis

1998: Sammy Sosa

1999: Tony Gwynn*

2000: Al Leiter

2001: Curt Schilling

2002: Jim Thome

2003: Jamie Moyer

2004: Edgar Martinez

2005: John Smoltz

2006: Carlos Delgado

2007: Craig Biggio

2008: Albert Pujols

* Member of Baseball Hall of Fame