Michael Baldwin

Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978.

Mike's first job was sports editor of the Seminole Producer before moving on to the Edmond Sun as sports editor from 1979-1982. He has covered many beats, starting with high school sports. He has also covered OU, OSU and Thunder in addition to the Dallas Cowboys while living in Dallas from 1994-2001 while with The Oklahoman.

Mike and his family live in Edmond where he continues to work in the field of his passion, Sports.

  • Dallas Cowboys: Cowboys dominate Saints 38-17

    By Mike Baldwin | Published: Sun, Sep 28, 2014

    Former Oklahoma running back DeMarco Murray rushed for 149 yards and two touchdowns, and quarterback Tony Romo threw for 262 yards and three scores.

  • Kenny Stills, New Orleans Saints to face Dallas Cowboys

    By Mike Baldwin | Published: Sat, Sep 27, 2014

    Former OU receiver is coming off a solid rookie season in New Orleans

  • Pro football: Wes Welker's suspension leads to policy changes

    By Mike Baldwin | Published: Thu, Sep 25, 2014

    The NFL Players’ Association last week approved a revision to the league’s drug policy. Some claim Welker’s situation was the catalyst to speed up negotiations that will now hand out different punishments based on the violated substance.

  • OU football: Tony Jefferson making an impact with Arizona Cardinals

    Published: Mon, Sep 22, 2014

    Tony Jefferson had himself a game Sunday in the Arizona Cardinals' 20-14 win over San Francisco. The former OU standout led the Arizona Cardinals with 10 tackles ,  had a huge second-down sack of Colin Kaepernick on the 49ers’ last true chance to score, and he absorbed the headbutt from Anquan Boldin that changed the game. Boldin hit Jefferson with a headbutt, resulting in a 15-yard penalty, which derailed the 49ers' drive. A chance at seven points turned into a field goal attempt that was blocked by Tommy Kelly. The Oklahoman's NFL beat writer Mike Baldwin will have a feature story on Jefferson on Nov. 2 when Jefferson and the Cardinals come to Arlington to play the Dallas Cowboys.

  • How former Oklahoma State cornerback Tyler Patmon turned a tryout into a job with the Dallas Cowboys

    By Mike Baldwin | Published: Sat, Sep 20, 2014

    Former Oklahoma State safety earned a role in the Cowboys’ secondary thatnks to a big preseason game against Miami.

  • Former Oklahoma State, John Marshall player Antonio Smith is a Raider on the field but still a cowboy off the field

    By Mike Baldwin, Staf Writer | Published: Sat, Sep 13, 2014

    Never considered an elite prospect, Smith was an unheralded recruit from John Marshall and a fifth-round NFL Draft pick out of Oklahoma State in 2004. Since then, he has earned nearly $50 million playing for the Arizona Cardinals, Houston Texans and this season the Oakland Raiders. Some of that money was invested in a 150 acre ranch in north Jones.

  • Former Oklahoma State star Perrish Cox earns bragging rights in San Francisco 49ers' win over Dallas Cowboys

    By Mike Baldwin | Published: Sun, Sep 7, 2014

    A fifth-round pick out of Oklahoma State in 2010, Cox said he was almost too amped up playing so close to where he grew up.

  • Dallas Cowboys struggle with turnovers in season-opening loss to San Francisco 49ers

    By Mike Baldwin | Published: Sun, Sep 7, 2014

    The consensus is the Cowboys probably will have to win shootouts to compensate for a defense that has issues at nearly every position. If Dallas loses the turnover battle like it did on Sunday, there could be many ugly losses.

  • Pro football: Buffalo Bills sign former East Central receiver Caleb Holley to practice squad

    By Mike Baldwin | Published: Sun, Aug 31, 2014

    An Anchorage, Alaska, product, Holley broke a 35-year-old receiving record last season at East Central with 970 yards and nine touchdowns on 55 catches. He also set the single-game record with 224 yards on 14 receptions.

  • Why Dolphins tight end Charles Clay credits Tulsa and Gus Malzahn for his versatility

    By Mike Baldwin | Published: Sat, Aug 30, 2014

    Because Charles Clay stuck to his guns and was willing to play at a lower-profile school, the former University of Tulsa standout has developed into one of the NFL’s most versatile tight ends.

  • Former Sooners in the NFL: A look at ex-OU players on NFL rosters and those who didn't make the cut

    BY MIKE BALDWIN | Published: Sat, Aug 30, 2014

    DE Frank Alexander (Carolina): Suspended the first four games after violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, Alexander, a 2012 fourth-round pick, has been a backup in the Panthers’ defensive-line rotation. Alexander has compiled 33 tackles in 28 games, including 3 1/2 sacks. QB Sam Bradford (St. Louis): The former No. 1 overall pick’s career in the crosshairs after he suffered another torn ACL injury in preseason. Bradford has notched stats (11,065 yards, 58.6 percent completion rate, 59-to-38 touchdown-to-interception ratio), that indicate he could still develop into an NFL franchise quarterback if the Putnam North product can stay healthy.

  • Former Oklahoma state college and high school players in the NFL: Who made the cut and who didn't

    BY MIKE BALDWIN | Published: Sat, Aug 30, 2014

    Taking a look at the Oklahomans from Tulsa and other state schools, and from Oklahoma high schools, who found a place on NFL rosters — and those who didn’t.

  • Former Cowboys in the NFL: A look at ex-OSU players on NFL rosters and those who didn't make the cut

    BY MIKE BALDWIN | Published: Sat, Aug 30, 2014

    K Dan Bailey (Dallas): The only thing missing from a three-year resume is a long overdue trip to the Pro Bowl. The Southwest Covenant product has converted a remarkable 90.8 percent of his field-goal attempts (89 of 98). Bailey was close-to-perfect (28-of-30) last season and also nailed four field goals 50 yards or longer. WR Justin Blackmon (Jacksonville): The two-time Biletnikoff award winner, the fifth pick of the 2012 draft, is serving an indefinite suspension after his third violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy and is on the team’s reserve/suspended by commissioner list. He showed promise when he caught 64 passes for 865 yards and five touchdowns two years ago, but Blackmon must prove he can stay clean just to get

  • Pro football: Roy Finch's make-it-or-break-it game on Thursday vs. New York Giants

    By Mike Baldwin: | Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    New England’s preseason finale against the Giants is Finch’s final opportunity to make an impression before coach Bill Belichick and his staff whittle the roster to 53 players before Saturday’s cut deadline.

  • Lane Taylor waiting for his chance in Green Bay

    By Mike Baldwin | Published: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    Undrafted out of Oklahoma State, guard is now one of the Packers’ top backups.

  • Pro football: Former Sooner center Gabe Ikard trying to survive Tennessee Titans camp

    By Mike Baldwin | Published: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    Ikard is listed as the third-team center on the Titans’ depth chart but has played some second-team snaps when backup Chris Spencer was sidelined by an ankle injury.

  • Fantasy football preview 2014: Underrated players

    By Mike Baldwin | Updated: Sat, Aug 16, 2014

    *Cincinnati QB Andy Dalton threw for 4,300 yards and 33 touchdowns but still isn’t one of the first 12 quarterbacks selected in most drafts. *San Diego WR Keenan Allen will be a star. Would be a huge get in the third round. *Carolina QB Cam Newton was the No. 6 fantasy QB two years ago. Newton’s running TDs understandably dipped, but he threw for a career-high 24 TDs *RB Maurice Jones-Drew is 29, but if he lasts until the fifth or sixth round snatch him up quickly. Oakland isn’t a huge upgrade but it’s an upgrade. *RB Ben Tate played well as Arian Foster’s understudy in Houston. Tate is now the starter in Cleveland. *St. Louis’ defense/special teams led the NFL in sacks (56) and scored five TDs

  • Fantasy football preview 2014: Top 50 wide receivers

    BY MIKE BALDWIN | Updated: Sat, Aug 16, 2014

    Depth is good at wide receiver, but if you can land one of the top six or seven wideouts, it’s worth a second-round pick. Grab at least two from the top 17 on this list by Rounds 5 or 6 and you should be in good shape. 1. Demaryius Thomas, Denver ($42): Peyton Manning’s favorite target and Manning threw for 55 TDs last season. 2. Dez Bryant, Dallas ($38): The Cowboys will need to score a ton of points. 3. Calvin Johnson, Detroit ($37): Higher on most boards. Megatron’s a beast but not enough TDs. 4. A.J. Green, Cincinnati ($32): An absolute monster (98 receptions, 1,426 yards, 11 TDs). 5. Julio Jones, Atlanta ($32): One of the league’s rising stars before he was injured last year. 6.

  • Fantasy football preview 2014: Top 50 NFL fantasy players

    BY MIKE BALDWIN | Updated: Sat, Aug 16, 2014

    Fantasy owners who fall into the trap that running backs aren’t as valuable this year as in previous seasons are misguided.

  • Fantasy football preview 2014: Sleeper picks

    By Mike Baldwin | Updated: Sat, Aug 16, 2014

    *St. Louis QB Sam Bradford could challenge to crack the top 12 if he’s healthy and finally puts it together. The Rams methodically have put a few weapons around him. *RB Rashad Jennings compiled fantasy-worthy numbers in Oakland and now gets a shot as the Giants’ feature back. *No longer in Chicago, QB Josh McCown, who played well filling in for injured Jay Cutler, is Tampa Bay’s starter. *WR Kelvin Benjamin (Carolina) compiled solid stats (50 catches, seven TDs) as a rookie that should only improve. *Detroit TE Eric Ebron is on nearly everyone’s sleeper list for a reason. *TE Ladarius Green must share time with Antonio Gates in the Chargers’ high-octane offense, but Green might compile