Photos: Youngest athletes in sports

Updated 10:09 AM ET, Tue May 20, 2014
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Lucy Li, seen here in April, is now the youngest ever to qualify for the U.S. Women's Open. The 11-year-old Californian will compete in the major tournament in June. EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images
China's Guan Tianlang is the youngest competitor -- at age 14 years and 5 months -- in the 80 years of the Masters, beating the previous record held by then 16-year-old Matteo Manassero. Andrew Redington/Getty Images
In 1865, Britain's "Young" Tom Morris set the threshold for youngest player in a major by entering the British Open at 14 years and 4 months. Three years later, the teenager won that tournament by edging out his dad, "Old" Tom Morris. James Hardie/Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Michelle Wie made her mark on women's golf in 2000 by qualifying for a USGA amateur championship. The American was 10 at the time and could already drive the ball almost 300 yards. At 13, she became the youngest golfer to make the cut at an LPGA event. Jeff Gross/Getty Images
At 16 years and 237 days old, Leicester player George Ford became the youngest professional rugby union player when he made his debut in 2009. Stu Forster/Getty Images
American tennis player Michael Chang won the French Open in 1989 at age 17, becoming the youngest male winner of a Grand Slam singles event. Simon Bruty/Getty Images
Madison Keys, at right next to Venus Williams, became one of the youngest players to win a Women's Tennis Association tour match when she beat Serena Williams at age 14. Jeff Fusco/Getty Images
Long before she was one of the most recognizable figures in women's soccer, Mia Hamm was a youth soccer player in Texas and Virginia. After catching coach Anson Dorrance's eye, she was picked for the national team and in 1987 became the youngest American woman, at 15, to take the field for a World Cup. Before retiring in 2004, Hamm racked up four NCAA championships, two World Cup titles and two Olympic gold medals. Allsport/Getty Images
In 2004, at age 14, Freddy Adu became the youngest athlete to appear in a Major League Soccer game. Two weeks after his first appearance, Adu became the youngest athlete to score a goal in MLS. ANTTI AIMO-KOIVISTO/AFP/Getty Images
At age 13, softball player Dot Richardson became the youngest woman to play in an ASA Women's Major Fast Pitch National Championship. JOEL ROBINE/AFP/Getty Images
In 1944, when most able-bodied American men were fighting in World War II, a boy in a Cincinnati Reds cap took the mound against the St. Louis Cardinals at Crosley Field. At 15 years, 10 months and 11 days, Joe Nuxhall became the youngest baseball player in modern history. Despite a horrid ninth-inning outing, Nuxhall went on to an impressive career, including a 37-year run as a Reds announcer, before dying of lymphoma in 2007. Mark Rucker/Transcendental Graphics/Getty Images
Big man Andrew Bynum went from high school to pro basketball, becoming the youngest player in the NBA. The Los Angeles Lakers took him with the 10th overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft, and Bynum became a pro six days after his 18th birthday. Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images
Skateboarder Nyjah Huston made his debut at the X Games at 11 years and 246 days, making him the youngest athlete to appear at the competition. Jeff Gross/Getty Images
Born in Nigeria, Amobi Okoye was used to being the youngest of his peers. After immigrating to Huntsville, Alabama, in 1999, an aptitude test placed him in the ninth grade — at age 12. Four years later, he was in college playing defensive tackle for the Louisville Cardinals. When the Houston Texans took him as the 10th overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, the 19-year-old became the youngest player ever drafted. Doug Benc/Getty Images
In 2008, stock car driver Joey Logano became the youngest person to win a NASCAR Nationwide Series race at 18 years and 21 days. A year later, he became the youngest to win a Sprint Cup Series race at 19 years and 35 days. Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images for NASCAR
In 1982, Northern Ireland's Norman Whiteside became the youngest player to take the field in the World Cup when he played in his country's opener against Yugoslavia. He was 17 years and 41 days old. On top of 38 appearances for his country, he also had an impressive club career with Everton and at Manchester United, where he still holds the record for youngest goal scorer. Allsport UK/Allsport/Getty Images