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Young Starters In The Post-Season

Posted by Steve Lombardi on October 9, 2010

Phil Hughes is 24.29 years old at this moment and will be starting Game 3 of the 2010 ALDS for the Yankees this evening.  How many pitchers, that age or younger, have started a post-season game prior to today?

Here's the answer -

Rk Player #Matching   W L W-L% ERA GS CG SHO SV IP H ER HR BB SO WHIP
1 Bret Saberhagen 5 Ind. Games 2 0 1.000 2.16 5 2 1 0 33.1 29 8 3 4 21 0.99
2 Bullet Joe Bush 2 Ind. Games 1 1 .500 2.25 2 2 0 0 20.0 14 5 1 8 7 1.10
3 Fernando Valenzuela 8 Ind. Games 5 1 .833 2.00 8 2 0 0 63.0 47 14 3 29 44 1.21
4 Jim Palmer 6 Ind. Games 4 1 .800 2.77 6 3 1 0 48.2 37 15 3 21 36 1.19
5 Johnny Podres 3 Ind. Games 2 1 .667 1.31 3 2 1 0 20.2 16 3 2 6 10 1.06
6 Rick Ankiel 2 Ind. Games 0 0   16.20 2 0 0 0 3.1 5 6 0 9 4 4.20
7 CC Sabathia 1 Ind. Games 1 0 1.000 3.00 1 0 0 0 6.0 6 2 0 5 5 1.83
8 Kerry Wood 1 Ind. Games 0 1 .000 1.80 1 0 0 0 5.0 3 1 0 4 5 1.40
9 Chief Bender 2 Ind. Games 1 1 .500 1.06 2 2 1 0 17.0 9 2 0 6 13 0.88
10 Steve Avery 10 Ind. Games 3 2 .600 3.25 10 0 0 0 61.0 50 22 5 16 49 1.08
11 Clayton Kershaw 2 Ind. Games 0 1 .000 5.56 2 0 0 0 11.1 13 7 2 6 7 1.68
12 Babe Ruth 3 Ind. Games 3 0 1.000 0.87 3 2 1 0 31.0 19 3 1 10 8 0.94
13 Wally Bunker 1 Ind. Games 1 0 1.000 0.00 1 1 1 0 9.0 6 0 0 1 6 0.78
14 Franklin Morales 2 Ind. Games 0 0   5.14 2 0 0 0 7.0 8 4 1 3 5 1.57
15 Dontrelle Willis 2 Ind. Games 0 1 .000 12.91 2 0 0 0 7.2 8 11 1 7 5 1.96
16 Ralph Branca 2 Ind. Games 0 2 .000 6.39 2 0 0 0 12.2 6 9 0 7 11 1.03
17 Don Gullett 8 Ind. Games 2 3 .400 4.07 8 1 0 0 48.2 46 22 3 16 32 1.27
18 Jaret Wright 7 Ind. Games 3 2 .600 7.11 7 0 0 0 31.2 36 25 7 22 32 1.83
19 Storm Davis 2 Ind. Games 1 0 1.000 2.45 2 0 0 0 11.0 11 3 0 3 5 1.27
20 Jerome Williams 1 Ind. Games 0 0   13.50 1 0 0 0 2.0 5 3 0 1 1 3.00
21 John Candelaria 1 Ind. Games 0 0   3.52 1 0 0 0 7.2 3 3 2 2 14 0.65
22 Dwight Gooden 6 Ind. Games 0 3 .000 3.48 6 0 0 0 41.1 42 16 4 15 37 1.38
23 Whitey Ford 3 Ind. Games 1 1 .500 2.16 3 0 0 0 16.2 16 4 0 3 14 1.14
24 Bud Smith 1 Ind. Games 1 0 1.000 1.80 1 0 0 0 5.0 4 1 0 4 2 1.60
25 Waite Hoyt 5 Ind. Games 2 2 .500 1.24 5 3 1 0 36.1 33 5 0 14 20 1.29
26 Bob Wolcott 1 Ind. Games 1 0 1.000 2.57 1 0 0 0 7.0 8 2 1 5 2 1.86
27 Frank Pastore 1 Ind. Games 0 0   2.57 1 0 0 0 7.0 7 2 0 3 1 1.43
28 Ismael Valdez 2 Ind. Games 0 1 .000 2.02 2 0 0 0 13.1 8 3 4 1 11 0.68
29 Bill Stafford 2 Ind. Games 1 0 1.000 2.30 2 1 0 0 15.2 11 4 1 4 10 0.96
30 Paul Dean 2 Ind. Games 2 0 1.000 1.00 2 2 0 0 18.0 15 2 0 7 11 1.22
31 Vida Blue 6 Ind. Games 0 4 .000 6.46 6 0 0 0 30.2 29 22 4 12 23 1.34
32 Mike Jones 1 Ind. Games 0 1 .000 2.25 1 0 0 0 8.0 9 2 0 0 2 1.13
33 Marty Bystrom 2 Ind. Games 0 0   3.48 2 0 0 0 10.1 17 4 1 3 5 1.94
34 Al Downing 2 Ind. Games 0 2 .000 4.91 2 0 0 0 11.0 11 6 2 3 10 1.27
35 Junior Thompson 2 Ind. Games 0 2 .000 14.62 2 0 0 0 8.0 13 13 5 8 5 2.63
36 Carlos Zambrano 3 Ind. Games 0 1 .000 5.40 3 0 0 0 16.2 25 10 4 5 12 1.80
37 Jason Bere 1 Ind. Games 0 0   11.57 1 0 0 0 2.1 5 3 0 2 3 3.00
38 Gary Nolan 6 Ind. Games 1 2 .333 3.34 6 0 0 0 35.0 28 13 7 10 22 1.09
39 Barry Zito 3 Ind. Games 2 1 .667 2.29 3 0 0 0 19.2 14 5 1 7 19 1.07
40 Rocky Coppinger 1 Ind. Games 0 1 .000 8.44 1 0 0 0 5.1 6 5 3 1 3 1.31
41 Bill James 1 Ind. Games 1 0 1.000 0.00 1 1 1 0 9.0 2 0 0 3 8 0.56
42 Yovani Gallardo 1 Ind. Games 0 1 .000 0.00 1 0 0 0 4.0 3 0 0 5 3 2.00
43 Bill Gullickson 3 Ind. Games 1 2 .333 2.05 3 0 0 0 22.0 18 5 1 7 15 1.14
44 Livan Hernandez 3 Ind. Games 3 0 1.000 3.57 3 1 0 0 22.2 18 9 4 12 22 1.32
45 Ross Grimsley 3 Ind. Games 1 2 .333 4.60 3 1 0 0 15.2 13 8 3 1 8 0.89
46 Ervin Santana 1 Ind. Games 0 1 .000 10.38 1 0 0 0 4.1 3 5 2 3 2 1.38
47 Rex Barney 2 Ind. Games 0 2 .000 8.59 2 0 0 0 7.1 6 7 1 15 5 2.86
48 Steve Carlton 1 Ind. Games 0 1 .000 0.00 1 0 0 0 6.0 3 0 0 2 5 0.83
49 Billy Loes 2 Ind. Games 1 1 .500 3.31 2 0 0 0 16.1 17 6 3 7 11 1.47
50 Hal Schumacher 2 Ind. Games 1 0 1.000 2.45 2 1 0 0 14.2 13 4 2 5 3 1.23
51 Tom Hall 1 Ind. Games 0 1 .000 10.80 1 0 0 0 3.1 6 4 1 3 4 2.70
52 Andy Coakley 1 Ind. Games 0 1 .000 3.00 1 1 0 0 9.0 9 3 0 5 2 1.56
53 Dave Righetti 3 Ind. Games 2 0 1.000 1.93 3 0 0 0 14.0 13 3 1 6 15 1.36
54 Mel Stottlemyre 3 Ind. Games 1 1 .500 3.15 3 1 0 0 20.0 18 7 0 6 12 1.20
55 Nick Maddox 1 Ind. Games 1 0 1.000 1.00 1 1 0 0 9.0 11 1 0 2 4 1.44
56 Hugh Bedient 2 Ind. Games 1 0 1.000 0.56 2 1 0 0 16.0 9 1 0 6 6 0.94
57 Smoky Joe Wood 3 Ind. Games 2 1 .667 4.74 3 2 0 0 19.0 24 10 0 2 19 1.37
58 Bob Moose 3 Ind. Games 0 2 .000 5.68 3 0 0 0 12.2 13 8 3 4 7 1.34
59 Gary Gentry 2 Ind. Games 1 0 1.000 2.08 2 0 0 0 8.2 8 2 1 6 5 1.62
60 Mark Prior 3 Ind. Games 2 1 .667 2.31 3 1 0 0 23.1 16 6 2 9 18 1.07
61 Doyle Alexander 1 Ind. Games 0 1 .000 4.91 1 0 0 0 3.2 5 2 0 0 1 1.36
62 Kyle Kendrick 1 Ind. Games 0 1 .000 12.27 1 0 0 0 3.2 5 5 2 2 2 1.91
63 Mark Gubicza 1 Ind. Games 1 0 1.000 5.06 1 0 0 0 5.1 4 3 0 3 2 1.31
64 Don Drysdale 1 Ind. Games 1 0 1.000 1.29 1 0 0 0 7.0 11 1 0 4 5 2.14
65 Johnny Kucks 1 Ind. Games 1 0 1.000 0.00 1 1 1 0 9.0 3 0 0 3 1 0.67
66 Dave LaPoint 1 Ind. Games 0 0   1.35 1 0 0 0 6.2 7 1 0 1 3 1.20
67 Joe Magrane 3 Ind. Games 0 1 .000 8.74 3 0 0 0 11.1 13 11 1 7 8 1.76
68 Andy Pettitte 6 Ind. Games 2 1 .667 4.85 6 0 0 0 39.0 34 21 8 18 15 1.33
69 Don Newcombe 2 Ind. Games 0 2 .000 3.09 2 1 0 0 11.2 10 4 1 3 11 1.11
70 Mike LaCoss 1 Ind. Games 0 1 .000 10.80 1 0 0 0 1.2 1 2 0 4 0 3.00
71 Josh Beckett 5 Ind. Games 2 2 .500 2.09 5 2 2 0 38.2 20 9 2 12 44 0.83
72 John Danks 1 Ind. Games 1 0 1.000 4.05 1 0 0 0 6.2 7 3 1 3 7 1.50
73 Greg Maddux 2 Ind. Games 0 1 .000 13.50 2 0 0 0 7.1 13 11 2 4 5 2.32
74 Tony Saunders 2 Ind. Games 0 1 .000 9.82 2 0 0 0 7.1 11 8 1 6 5 2.32
75 Dutch Leonard 2 Ind. Games 2 0 1.000 1.00 2 2 0 0 18.0 8 2 0 4 9 0.67
76 Lon Warneke 1 Ind. Games 0 1 .000 5.62 1 1 0 0 8.0 10 5 0 4 7 1.75
77 Wilson Alvarez 1 Ind. Games 1 0 1.000 1.00 1 1 0 0 9.0 7 1 0 2 6 1.00
78 Justin Verlander 4 Ind. Games 1 2 .333 5.82 4 0 0 0 21.2 26 14 5 10 23 1.66
79 Curly Ogden 1 Ind. Games 0 0   0.00 1 0 0 0 0.1 0 0 0 1 1 3.00
80 Jon Matlack 4 Ind. Games 2 2 .500 1.40 4 1 1 0 25.2 12 4 2 8 20 0.78
81 Scott Erickson 3 Ind. Games 0 0   4.91 3 0 0 0 14.2 13 8 4 9 7 1.50
82 Ubaldo Jimenez 3 Ind. Games 0 1 .000 2.25 3 0 0 0 16.0 11 4 1 13 13 1.50
83 Cole Hamels 6 Ind. Games 4 1 .800 2.16 6 0 0 0 41.2 26 10 2 13 37 0.94
84 Sandy Koufax 1 Ind. Games 0 1 .000 1.29 1 0 0 0 7.0 5 1 0 1 6 0.86
85 Danny Jackson 3 Ind. Games 2 1 .667 1.08 3 2 1 0 25.0 17 3 0 6 18 0.92
86 Ray Sadecki 2 Ind. Games 1 0 1.000 8.53 2 0 0 0 6.1 12 6 1 5 2 2.68
87 Jon Lester 5 Ind. Games 2 2 .500 1.95 5 0 0 0 32.1 27 7 3 8 29 1.08
88 Lefty Gomez 1 Ind. Games 1 0 1.000 1.00 1 1 0 0 9.0 9 1 0 1 8 1.11
89 Fausto Carmona 3 Ind. Games 0 1 .000 7.20 3 0 0 0 15.0 13 12 2 11 12 1.60
90 Bob Shawkey 1 Ind. Games 0 1 .000 3.60 1 0 0 0 5.0 4 2 0 2 0 1.20
91 Ed Summers 3 Ind. Games 0 3 .000 5.28 3 0 0 0 15.1 22 9 1 7 9 1.89
92 Ed Reulbach 3 Ind. Games 2 0 1.000 1.80 3 2 0 0 20.0 12 4 0 11 6 1.15
93 Bob Walk 1 Ind. Games 1 0 1.000 7.71 1 0 0 0 7.0 8 6 3 3 3 1.57
94 Larry Christenson 2 Ind. Games 0 1 .000 10.57 2 0 0 0 7.2 14 9 2 1 5 1.96
95 Dave McNally 2 Ind. Games 1 0 1.000 1.59 2 1 1 0 11.1 6 2 1 7 5 1.15
96 Jeremy Bonderman 3 Ind. Games 1 0 1.000 3.10 3 0 0 0 20.1 17 7 1 7 11 1.18
97 John Lackey 3 Ind. Games 2 0 1.000 2.12 3 0 0 0 17.0 16 4 0 4 13 1.18
98 Randy Lerch 1 Ind. Games 0 0   5.06 1 0 0 0 5.1 7 3 2 0 0 1.31
99 Sid Fernandez 1 Ind. Games 0 1 .000 4.50 1 0 0 0 6.0 3 3 2 1 5 0.67
100 Robin Roberts 1 Ind. Games 0 1 .000 1.80 1 1 0 0 10.0 10 2 1 3 5 1.30
101 Elden Auker 2 Ind. Games 1 1 .500 5.56 2 1 0 0 11.1 16 7 0 5 2 1.85
102 Tommy Hanson 1 Ind. Games 0 0   9.00 1 0 0 0 4.0 5 4 1 1 5 1.50
103 Alex Fernandez 2 Ind. Games 0 2 .000 1.80 2 0 0 0 15.0 15 3 0 6 10 1.40
104 Nelson Briles 1 Ind. Games 1 0 1.000 2.00 1 1 0 0 9.0 7 2 1 0 4 0.78
105 Roger Clemens 5 Ind. Games 1 1 .500 3.97 5 0 0 0 34.0 31 15 1 13 28 1.29
106 Chad Billingsley 3 Ind. Games 1 2 .333 8.49 3 0 0 0 11.2 17 11 1 8 16 2.14
107 Mark Mulder 2 Ind. Games 1 1 .500 2.45 2 0 0 0 11.0 14 3 0 2 7 1.45
108 Jim Beattie 2 Ind. Games 2 0 1.000 1.88 2 1 0 0 14.1 11 3 0 9 11 1.40
109 Karl Spooner 1 Ind. Games 0 1 .000 135.00 1 0 0 0 0.1 3 5 1 2 1 15.00
110 Bob Miller 1 Ind. Games 0 1 .000 27.00 1 0 0 0 0.1 2 1 0 0 0 6.00
111 Britt Burns 1 Ind. Games 0 1 .000 0.96 1 0 0 0 9.1 6 1 1 5 8 1.18
112 Jake Peavy 1 Ind. Games 0 1 .000 16.62 1 0 0 0 4.1 8 8 2 3 3 2.54
113 Johnny Beazley 2 Ind. Games 2 0 1.000 2.50 2 2 0 0 18.0 17 5 2 3 6 1.11
114 Todd Stottlemyre 1 Ind. Games 0 1 .000 7.20 1 0 0 0 5.0 7 4 1 2 3 1.80
115 Hal Newhouser 3 Ind. Games 2 1 .667 6.10 3 2 0 0 20.2 25 14 0 4 22 1.40
116 Dennis Martinez 2 Ind. Games 0 0   6.52 2 0 0 0 9.2 14 7 2 0 4 1.45
117 John Cumberland 1 Ind. Games 0 1 .000 9.00 1 0 0 0 3.0 7 3 1 0 4 2.33
118 John Smoltz 4 Ind. Games 2 0 1.000 1.52 4 1 1 0 29.2 27 5 3 4 26 1.04
119 Johnny Antonelli 1 Ind. Games 1 0 1.000 1.00 1 1 0 0 9.0 8 1 1 6 9 1.56
120 Jimmy Key 2 Ind. Games 0 1 .000 5.19 2 0 0 0 8.2 15 5 1 2 5 1.96
121 Pat Zachry 2 Ind. Games 2 0 1.000 3.09 2 0 0 0 11.2 12 4 2 8 9 1.71
122 King Cole 1 Ind. Games 0 0   3.38 1 0 0 0 8.0 10 3 0 3 5 1.63
123 Denny McLain 3 Ind. Games 1 2 .333 3.24 3 1 0 0 16.2 18 6 1 4 13 1.32
124 Ernie Shore 2 Ind. Games 1 1 .500 2.12 2 2 0 0 17.0 12 4 0 8 6 1.18
125 Johan Santana 2 Ind. Games 0 1 .000 7.04 2 0 0 0 7.2 9 6 0 3 6 1.57
126 Charles Hudson 3 Ind. Games 1 2 .333 5.19 3 1 0 0 17.1 13 10 5 3 15 0.92
127 Jim Bouton 1 Ind. Games 0 1 .000 1.29 1 0 0 0 7.0 4 1 0 5 4 1.29
128 Jeff Tesreau 3 Ind. Games 1 2 .333 3.13 3 1 0 0 23.0 19 8 1 11 15 1.30
129 Shawn Estes 1 Ind. Games 0 0   15.00 1 0 0 0 3.0 5 5 1 4 3 3.00
130 Jimmy Ring 1 Ind. Games 1 0 1.000 0.00 1 1 1 0 9.0 3 0 0 3 2 0.67
131 Bruce Kison 1 Ind. Games 1 0 1.000 0.00 1 0 0 0 6.2 2 0 0 6 5 1.20
132 Dave Boswell 1 Ind. Games 0 1 .000 0.84 1 0 0 0 10.2 7 1 0 7 4 1.31
133 Dizzy Dean 3 Ind. Games 2 1 .667 1.73 3 2 1 0 26.0 20 5 2 5 17 0.96
134 Schoolboy Rowe 2 Ind. Games 1 1 .500 2.14 2 2 0 0 21.0 17 5 0 0 12 0.81
135 Scott Kazmir 5 Ind. Games 1 1 .500 4.21 5 0 0 0 25.2 26 12 4 18 22 1.71
136 Alan Benes 1 Ind. Games 0 1 .000 3.60 1 0 0 0 5.0 3 2 0 2 4 1.00
137 Richard Dotson 1 Ind. Games 0 1 .000 10.80 1 0 0 0 5.0 6 6 1 3 3 1.80
138 Jim O'Toole 2 Ind. Games 0 2 .000 3.00 2 0 0 0 12.0 11 4 2 7 4 1.50
139 Ralph Terry 1 Ind. Games 0 1 .000 4.26 1 0 0 0 6.1 6 3 0 1 5 1.11
140 Kevin Millwood 4 Ind. Games 2 1 .667 3.80 4 1 0 0 23.2 22 10 2 3 19 1.06
141 Lefty Tyler 1 Ind. Games 0 0   3.60 1 0 0 0 10.0 8 4 0 3 4 1.10
142 Dave Ferriss 2 Ind. Games 1 0 1.000 2.02 2 1 1 0 13.1 13 3 0 2 4 1.13
143 Tom Hughes 1 Ind. Games 0 1 .000 9.00 1 0 0 0 2.0 4 2 0 2 0 3.00
144 Rich Harden 1 Ind. Games 0 1 .000 4.76 1 0 0 0 5.2 5 3 1 5 4 1.76
145 Tom Seaver 3 Ind. Games 2 1 .667 4.09 3 1 0 0 22.0 20 10 3 6 11 1.18
146 Dickie Noles 1 Ind. Games 0 0   4.50 1 0 0 0 4.0 4 2 1 2 5 1.50
147 Carl Mays 1 Ind. Games 0 1 .000 7.20 1 0 0 0 5.0 7 4 0 3 2 2.00
148 Matt Garza 4 Ind. Games 2 1 .667 3.96 4 0 0 0 25.0 21 11 4 12 25 1.32
149 Pat Hentgen 2 Ind. Games 1 1 .500 7.00 2 0 0 0 9.0 14 7 0 5 9 2.11
150 Juan Guzman 1 Ind. Games 1 0 1.000 3.18 1 0 0 0 5.2 4 2 0 4 2 1.41
151 Paul Derringer 2 Ind. Games 0 2 .000 4.63 2 0 0 0 11.2 14 6 1 7 13 1.80
152 Juan Marichal 1 Ind. Games 0 0   0.00 1 0 0 0 4.0 2 0 0 2 4 1.00
153 Bob Welch 1 Ind. Games 0 0   inf 1 0 0 0 0.0 3 2 0 1 0  
154 Boof Bonser 1 Ind. Games 0 0   3.00 1 0 0 0 6.0 7 2 0 1 3 1.33
155 Andy Hassler 1 Ind. Games 0 1 .000 7.20 1 0 0 0 5.0 4 4 1 3 3 1.40
156 Anthony Reyes 1 Ind. Games 0 0   4.50 1 0 0 0 4.0 3 2 2 4 4 1.75
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There's some very fun and interesting names on this list, no? Which ones catch your eye and why?

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20 Responses to “Young Starters In The Post-Season”

  1. Oh, good ole Rick Ankiel. Such an unbelievable turn of events in the new millenium and one of the most unbelievable comeback stories in 2007. Now he's hitting game winning homeruns in the 2010 postseason.

  2. The forgotten fourth of the Big Three: Steve Avery sure was young when he assembled those postseason numbers.

  3. I agree, Averys numbers stand out the most, and he made a whopping 10 starts at such a young age.

    Lotta names on this list, some greats and a lot of unknowns too

  4. Poor Vida Blue...

  5. [...] Pitchers in Postseason Play by Steve Price on October 9th, 2010 in Reds - General Baseball-reference.com has published a listing of all pitchers who have started post-season games under the age of 24.29 [...]

  6. 156 pitchers, and some enormous number of starts - sorry, my eyes glaze over, all I get out of this is 1. it's not unusual for someone 24.29 or less to start a postseason game, and 2. pretty cool that Bret Saberhagen broke a record previously held by Bullet Joe Bush.

  7. Boof Bosner?

  8. Yesterday's starter the Braves, Tommy Hanson, is #102 on the list.

  9. Who could forget Bullet Joe Bush?

  10. The first thing that stands out is that 24 was not considered young until pretty recently. This is an interesting list, full of various distinguished or checkered stories. Many of these guys had really extensive pitching histories by the time they were Phil Hughes's age.

  11. I thought this was cool, via B-R.com's Bullpen, which I learned via this list:

    Pitcher Curly Ogden of the Washington Senators started Game 7 of the 1924 World Series against the New York Giants as a decoy to entice John McGraw to put Bill Terry (slumping vs. lefties) in the lineup. Senators skipper Bucky Harris then withdrew Ogden for lefty George Mogridge after Ogden allowed a strikeout and a walk. Washington eventually won the exciting game in 12 innings.

    Ogden came up as one of the youngest players in the league in 1921.

  12. @6
    What record was that?

  13. Jim - pretty sure it was youngest ever to start a post-season game.

  14. I love seeing Babe Ruth on this list. Is there any list that man does not make?

  15. Jim, Steve, yes, the list is sorted by age, youngest to oldest, so Bush had the record for a long, long time. And Bush is of some interest to trivia hounds for other reasons. He pitched in the World Series for three different World Champions (the 1913 Athletics, 1918 Red Sox, and 1923 Yankees). He had a huge number of Hall of Fame teammates; not only was he on the As, Sox, and Yanks when each was a dynasty, he was on the 1927 Pirates and Giants, who had loads of HoFers.

  16. Steve-

    Is it sorted by their age during the 1st start or the most recent start made while younger than 24.29?

  17. I think the list is a little bit off, as in the "2" and the "9" in Hughes 24.29 might have been flipped to 24.92. I say this because Dizzy Dean pitched in the World Series when he was almost 25 years old. Born in January 1910, first postseason start in October 1934 - he's 24 years and 10 months. Looking at Anthony Reyes, he was born in October 1981 and started a postseason game in October 2006, which puts him at nearly 25.

    Hughes is born in June 1986 (6/24/1986 to be exact) and making his first postseason start in October 2010 (10/9/2010 to be exact), making him 24 years and 3-4 months old. As best as I can tell it's somewhere around Karl Spooner (born 6/23/1931, postseason start 10/3/1955) where the actual list of pitchers who were younger than Hughes cuts off.

  18. I think this is an interesting list, in part because it speaks to how widely disparate career trajectories can be. So many phenoms wind up in history's dustbin; others improve dramatically with age.

    Question for trivia mavens (I don't know the answer to this): Beyond Rick Ankiel and Babe Ruth, how many others have started post-season games as both a pitcher and a position player?

  19. #18, there's at least one more, Smokey Joe Wood, who started 3 games as a pitcher in the 1912 World Series, and was a starting outfielder for Cleveland in the 1920 Series.

  20. as a youth I remember how big a deal the announcers made about Jim Beattie pitching for the Yankees in the 1978 postseason. I remembered his complete game in the WS, but had forgotten how good he was in the ALCS also.