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.

Top Stories

  • Oklahoma City RedHawks: Dodgers impressed with Oklahoma City, ballpark

    By Mike Baldwin | Published: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    When Dodgers representatives were asked on Wednesday why they ended a long-standing relationship with Albuquerque, the No. 1 reason was Oklahoma City and its top-notch ballpark.

  • Los Angeles Dodgers to announce affiliation with OKC RedHawks on Wednesday

    By Mike Baldwin | Updated: 5 hr ago

    Mandalay Baseball Properties announced earlier this year it would be selling all five minor league teams it owned, including the RedHawks, who will be purchased by Dodgers minority owner Peter Guber.

  • Oklahoma City officially home to Triple-A affiliate of Los Angeles Dodgers

    BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, mbaldwin@opubco.com | Published: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    Mandalay Baseball Properties announced at a press conference Wednesday afternoon they are selling the RedHawks to Mandalay CEO Peter Guber, who will move the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate to Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark next season. “The Los Angeles Dodgers look forward to making Oklahoma City our long-term home for our Triple-A franchise,” said Dodgers President and CEO Stan Kasten. “We are committed to the great sports fans and the great city of Oklahoma City.” One issue that will be discussed in upcoming weeks is whether the RedHawks will keep the same nickname and possibly change logos and uniforms since the Dodgers logo has a rich tradition.

  • Collected Wisdom: Cal Ripken Jr., former Baltimore Orioles star

    Interviewed by Mike Baldwin | Published: Sat, Sep 13, 2014

    Baltimore Orioles Hall of Fame shortstop Cal Ripken Jr. compiled one of the most accomplished careers in Major League Baseball history. Ripken and his brother, Billy, own three minor league baseball teams. He is CEO of Ripken Baseball, whose goal is to grow the love of baseball from a grassroots level. Ripken also is an analyst for TBS during the playoffs.

  • 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

  • Oklahoma City RedHawks: RedHawks win home finale, move closer to playoff berth

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

    Oklahoma City finishes the regular season with four games at Iowa. If the RedHawks qualify for the playoffs, Games 1 and 2 will be next Wednesday and Thursday at The Brick.

  • Oklahoma City RedHawks: Cal Ripken Jr. offers thoughts on state of baseball

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

    The Hall of Fame shortstop was in Oklahoma City on Wednesday. He threw out the ceremonial first pitch for the RedHawks’ regular-season finale.

  • 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.

  • Most OKC RedHawks focused on playoffs, not September call to the majors

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

    The odd part of Triple-A baseball is, just when the season is ending, it’s sometimes the opportunity of a lifetime for some players who live out their dream and play in the big leagues. Because major league teams can expand beyond the normal 25-man roster on Sept. 1 several players are called up. A few are handed late-season auditions to try to experience the big leagues so they can concentrate on areas that need work during the offseason. The Oklahoma City RedHawks, though, are in a unique situation. Heading into Tuesday night’s game at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, Oklahoma City was tied for first in the Pacific Coast League’s American Northern Division with Omaha with six games left in the regular season.

  • Oklahoma City RedHawks: RedHawks beat Albuquerque, close in on division-leading Omaha

    By Mike Baldwin | Published: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    Asher Wojciechowski won a pitchers’ duel to lead the RedHawks to a 3-0 win over Albuquerque on Monday night at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

  • Oklahoma City RedHawks: Hawks pitcher Alex White working his way back to old form

    By Mike Baldwin | Published: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    White is trying to regain his arm strength after being sidelined the entire 2013 season soon after the Astros obtained the North Carolina University product in a December 2012 trade.

  • Oklahoma City RedHawks: RedHawks win again, remain in pennant chase

    By Mike Baldwin | Published: Sun, Aug 24, 2014

    Preston Tucker drove in two more runs to help lead the RedHawks to a 6-3 win over the Albuquerque on Sunday night at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Running his season total to 92 RBIs, more than any hitter in the Houston Astros organization, Tucker supplied an RBI single in the fifth and a sacrifice fly in the seventh.