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When Brian Gordon throws a pitch in this afternoon’s game against the Rangers, he’ll become the oldest rookie to make his first major league start in pinstripes. Born in New York and raised in Texas, Gordon’s return to the big leagues has all the makings of a TV movie, but for now, the Yankees will gladly settle for a five inning matinee.

Oldest Rookies to Make First Start as a Yankee, Since 1919

Player Age Gcar Date Opp Rslt GSc
Brian Gordon 32.304 4 6/15/2011 TEX ? ?
Orlando Hernandez 32.235 1 6/3/1998 TBD W 7-1 68
Joe Vance 32.008 12 9/24/1937 BOS W 5-1 70
Jose Contreras 31.175 9 5/30/2003 DET W 6-0 78
Ernie Nevel 31.045 3 10/1/1950 BOS L 3-7 27
Dan Giese 31.033 12 6/21/2008 CIN L 0-6 65
Kemp Wicker 30.260 8 4/30/1937 WSH L 1-4 48
Wilcy Moore 30.008 14 5/28/1927 WSH L 2-3 63

Gcar=Career game; GSc= Game Score.
Source: Baseball-reference.com

Gordon’s journey to the mound at Yankee Stadium has been a long one. The 32-year old right hander, who was originally drafted as an outfielder by the Diamondbacks, has now played for six different organizations in 14 different cities (see map below), so to call him well traveled would be an understatement. As far as the Yankees are concerned, however, all that matters is where he goes from here.

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