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• When Randy Johnson (41 years, 355 days) faced Felix Hernandez (19 years, 145 days) in Seattle, it was the first time that a pitcher over age 40 started a game against a pitcher under age 20 since June 25, 1965, when the Mets' Warren Spahn (age 44) faced Houston's Larry Dierker (age 18).
The age difference (22 years, 210 days) between Johnson and Hernandez was the largest for opposing starting pitchers in any major-league game since June 4, 1994, when Florida's Charlie Hough (age 46) opposed San Diego's Joey Hamilton (age 23), a difference of 22 years, 248 days.
The greatest age gap for opposing starters occurred in 1965, when 59-year-old Satchel Paige returned to pitch one game for Charlie Finley's Kansas City Athletics. Paige, who hadn't played in the majors for more than 10 years (since 1953), was more than 30 years older than his mound opponent, Boston's 29-year-old Bill Monbouquette.
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