De León, Urías bring youth to Yankee Stadium
By Jon Weisman
When 24-year-old right-hander Jose De León takes the mound for the Dodgers tonight, he will be the youngest Dodger pitcher to start at Yankee Stadium (any of them) since Johnny Podres won Game 7 the 1955 World Series.
That is, until Tuesday, when 20-year-old lefty Julio Urías leapfrogs him and three others to become the youngest.
Before this week, four Dodgers under the age of 25 had started at Yankee Stadium — all for Brooklyn in the World Series:
De León, who at 24 years, 36 days slides in between Don Newcombe and Karl Spooner on the list, is the first Dodger rookie to start a road game against the Yankees since 26-year-old Hyun-Jin Ryu in 2013.
Other than Ryu, no pitcher from the Los Angeles Dodgers has started a game at Yankee Stadium younger than 27-year-old Burt Hooton, who did so twice in the 1977 World Series. He went the distance in a 6-1 Game 2 victory, before giving up the first of Reggie Jackson’s three home runs in Game 6.