Michael Baldwin
Redhawks, Barons, MLB, NFL Reporter

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: Redskins down Cowboys in overtime

    By Mike Baldwin | Published: Mon, Oct 27, 2014

    Besides having their six-game winning streak snapped by a 20-17 overtime loss to the Washington Redskins, former Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden had to pinch hit for Tony Romo, who laid on the ground for nearly two minutes midway through the third quarter after being sacked.

  • Former Sooner punter Tress Way has been a surprising bright spot for Washington Redskins

    By Mike Baldwin | Published: Sat, Oct 25, 2014

    Picked up off waivers two weeks before the season, Tress Way leads the NFL with a 50.3-yard punting average. He also is fifth in the league in net punting heading into the Redskins’ game against the Dallas Cowboys on Monday night at AT&T Stadium.

  • How Vikings left guard's Charlie Johnson's move to offensive line from tight end at OSU sparked a long NFL career

    By Mike Baldwin | Published: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    In the first year of the Mike Gundy era — Charlie Johnson’s senior year — OSU coaches asked Johnson to move to the offensive line. Initially, Johnson felt he was taking one for the team, but it turned out to be a blessing in disguise.

  • How the Dallas Cowboys' Dan Bailey went from a high school with no goal posts to NFL's most accurate kicker

    By Mike Baldwin, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Oct 11, 2014

    In January, the Dallas Cowboys signed the former Oklahoma State All-American to a seven-year $22.5 million contract, $7.5 million guaranteed, including a $4 million signing bonus. Playing eight-man football at Southwest Covenant, Bailey was a running back and a linebacker, but kicking was in his blood.

  • Dallas Cowboys: Balanced offense keys Dallas victory over Texans

    By Mike Baldwin | Published: Sun, Oct 5, 2014

    In Dallas’ 20-17 overtime win over the Houston Texans on Sunday afternoon at AT&T Stadium, DeMarco Murray rushed for 136 yards to join Jim Brown and O.J. Simpson as the only running backs in NFL history to open a season with five consecutive 100-yard rushing games.

  • Dallas Cowboys: Dan Bailey delivers winning kick

    By Mike Baldwin | Published: Sun, Oct 5, 2014

    “This guy is as locked in and focused an individual as I’ve ever been around,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. “He’s just unbelievable at what he does. Obviously we didn’t waver at all. We just wanted to make sure we gave him a chance and Tony (Romo) and Dez (Bryant) gave him another chance.”

  • Oklahoma football: Former Sooner Quinton Carter happy to be playing again

    By Mike Baldwin | Published: Sat, Oct 4, 2014

    Broncos defensive back has served two stints on injured reserve.

  • 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