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Today in White Sox History: April 1

Adam Dunn peaks early

Chicago White Sox v Cleveland Indians
Adam Dunn of the Chicago White Sox hits a two-run home run against Cleveland during the Opening Day game on April 1, 2011 at Progressive Field.
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It was an indication of how bad off the Sox were financially. On this day Ed Herrmann, one of the top catchers in baseball and an All-Star, was traded to the Yankees for four minor league players. The reason? According to Herrmann it was because he wanted a $2,000 raise! In six full years with the team Herrmann averaged a little more than 11 home runs and there were few, if any, better at blocking home plate, thus earning him the nickname of “Fort” Herrmann.


The White Sox started the season with a torrent of runs, in blistering Cleveland, 15-10. It was the second-highest Opening Day scoring output in franchise history. The Sox led 14-0 after the first five innings.

Carlos Quentin drove in five runs, and newcomer Adam Dunn knocked in four.