A look back at some notable brawls in Cubs, White Sox history

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SHARE A look back at some notable brawls in Cubs, White Sox history

There have been some memorable brawls in Cubs and White Sox history.

The most iconic, perhaps, is the Nolan Ryan/Robin Ventura brawl of 1993, which is celebrating its 22nd anniversary today.

In honor of that anniversary, I’ve compiled some other notable brawls involving the Cubs and White Sox over the years.

Here we go:

On Aug. 2, 1993, just two days before the epic Ryan/Ventura fracas, the Cubs and Pirates engaged in a benches-clearing brawl of their own. At first it looks like pretty innocent, but it eventually reaches full-blown brawl status.

On Sept. 6, 1993, now only a month removed from the Ryan/Ventura fiasco, Red Sox pitcher Aaron Sele threw two consecutive pitches at the White Sox’ George Bell. The second pitch hit Bell in the head, and he doesn’t even flinch before heading to the mound.

On June 19, 2003, Cubs pitcher Kyle Farnsworth threw an inside pitch to the Reds’ Paul Wilson. The two took steps toward each other on the grass before Farnsworth speared Wilson to the ground.

On April 22, 2000, the White Sox and Tigers got into a sprawling brawl that resulted in 16 suspensions that totaled 82 games. Twenty-five players were fined. White Sox reliever Keith Foulke got the worst of it, needing five stitches for a cut under his eye.

On Sept. 22, 1974, the Cubs and Cardinals had one of the stranger baseball moments. Cards catcher Ted Simmons and the Cubs’ Bill Madlock got into it after the umpire called a strike while Madlock argued.

On May 20, 2006, the Cubs and White Sox battled each other after A.J. Pierzynski railroaded Michael Barrett at home plate. Pierzynski then shoved Barrett as the two got up, and Barrett threw a punch.

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