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Today in White Sox History: June 29

Robin Ventura’s monster night is overshadowed by brawls and ejections

Rob Dibble, truly one of the worst relief pitchers in White Sox history.
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With a 22-hit barrage, the White Sox ran their winning streak to seven games in a 17-13 slugfest at County Stadium over the Brewers. Robin Ventura led the way, going 5-for-6 by starting with four singles, then adding a solo shot in the top of the ninth for Chicago’s 17th run. The third baseman scored four times and drove in three.

Things got heated in the middle of the game; remember, the Phil Garner Brewers and Terry Bevington White Sox detested one another. After Ray Durham hit a three-run homer in the top of the sixth to put the White Sox up, 13-6, Bill Wegman drilled Ron Karkovice in the ribs with a 3-0 pitch. Wegman was ejected immediately, and Garner got the boot for whining about it, as the benches emptied.

But it only got weirder from there. In the bottom of the ninth, up 17-10, Bevington inserted absolutely wild (~two walks per inning) Rob Dibble into the game in garbage time. Dibble whistled his first pitch right under pinch-hitter Pat Listach’s chin, igniting an all-out brawl and the ejections of both Dibble and Listach.

And yes, the story gets even weirder. When Dibble was released by the White Sox after a horrific 16-game run that saw his WHIP swell to 2.372 with 27 walks in 78 batters faced, the mercurial righthander caught on with ... Milwaukee. And his locker at County Stadium was the spot right next to ... Listach.