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Today in White Sox History: March 31

Welcome to March, Frank Thomas!

Chicago White Sox slugger Frank Thomas (R) is cong
Chicago White Sox slugger Frank Thomas is congratulated by third base coach Doug Mansolino after hitting a two-run homer in the first inning of the opening game of the 1996 Major League Baseball season, at the Seattle Mariners.
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Because of a quirk in the calendar, the White Sox had a March Opening Day for the first time in franchise history, starting the season in Seattle on the final day of the month. Frank Thomas hit a home run off Randy Johnson, but the Sox lost the game, 3-2, in 12 innings.

The Sox have since opened in March a few times, but 1996 was the first time it happened.