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Ted Beard set a PCL record in 1953 with homers in four straight at-bats. (National Baseball Hall of Fame)
Saturday, April 04, 1953
Catcher Ted Beard of the Hollywood Stars set a Pacific Coast League record by belting home runs in four consecutive at-bats against the San Diego Padres. Beard, who made his Major League debut in 1948 with Pittsburgh, played parts of seven seasons in the Majors with the Pirates and Chicago White Sox. Matt Williams duplicated the feat in 1988 (May 25).
Thursday, April 04, 1996
On Opening Day in Norfolk, the Tides and Mud Hens gave the 9,603 fans at Harbor Park four hours and 11 minutes of baseball to whet their appetites for the long season ahead. It would take 15 innings before the first run of the season crosses the plate.

Starters Rick Reed of Norfolk and Justin Thompson of Toledo battled each other into the late stages of the game, allowing only six hits combined before the bullpens took over. Both teams squandered multiple scoring opportunities. Groundball double plays spoiled rallies for Toledo in the fourth and Norfolk in the eighth.

The double play again victimized the Mud Hens in the 13th. Finally in the top of the 15th frame, Toledo's Tony Clark scored on a sacrifice fly by Raul Casanova. A.J. Sager shut down the Tides in the bottom half to win the Opening Day marathon, 1-0.

Thursday, April 04, 1996
Catcher Chris Unrat of the Charlotte Rangers tied a Florida State League record by committing four errors in one game. A 2003 draft pick by the Texas Rangers, Unrat would finish his professional career one year later with the Triple-A Phoenix Firebirds of the Pacific Coast League. Jaime Cepoda of Leesburg set the mark on June 29, 1966 and it was equaled by Nephtale Mora of Ft. Lauderdale on June 1, 1969.