James A. Baldwin

James A. Baldwin (May 26, 1886 – August 2, 1964) was an American football player, track athlete, coach of football, basketball, and baseball, and college athletics administrator A native of Somerville, Massachusetts, Baldwin played on the football, baseball, and track teams at Dartmouth College, from which he graduated in 1908. [1]

James Baldwin
James Baldwin - Duke.jpg
Biographical details
Born(1886-05-26)May 26, 1886
Manchester, New Hampshire
DiedAugust 2, 1964(1964-08-02) (aged 78)
Hyannis, Massachusetts
Playing career
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1908Somerville HS (MA)
1909–1912Brockton HS (MA)
1913–1914Passaic HS (NJ)
1915–1917Rhode Island State
1921Trinity (NC)
1926–1927Wake Forest
1916–1918Rhode Island State
1921–1922Trinity (NC)
1926–1928Wake Forest
c. 1916Rhode Island State
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1916–1919Rhode Island State
Head coaching record
Overall43–36–16 (college football)
85–66 (college basketball)
32–25–1 (college baseball)
Accomplishments and honors
2 Maine Intercollegiate Athletic Association (1919–1920)

Baldwin served as the head football coach at Rhode Island State College—now the University of Rhode Island, the University of Maine, Trinity College in Durham, North Carolina—now Duke University, Lehigh University, and Wake Forest University, compiling a career college football record of 43–37–16. Baldwin was also the head basketball coach at the same five schools, amassing a career college basketball mark of 85–66. In addition, he served as the head baseball coach at Rhode Island State and at Lehigh, tallying a career college baseball record of 32–25–1. From 1916 to 1919, Baldwin was the athletic director at Rhode Island State while he coached three sports.


Baldwin died on August 2, 1964, at a nursing home in Hyannis, Massachusetts.[2]

Head coaching recordEdit

College footballEdit

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Rhode Island State Rams (Independent) (1915–1917)
1915 Rhode Island State 3–5
1916 Rhode Island State 3–4–1
1917 Rhode Island State 2–4–2
Rhode Island State: 8–13–3
Maine Black Bears (Maine Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1919–1920)
1919 Maine 6–1 1st
1920 Maine 3–3–3 1st
Maine: 9–4–3
Trinity Blue Blue and White (Independent) (1921)
1921 Trinity 6–1–2
Duke: 6–1–2
Lehigh Brown and White (Independent) (1922–1924)
1922 Lehigh 3–5–1
1923 Lehigh 6–2–1
1924 Lehigh 4–1–3
Lehigh: 13–8–5
Wake Forest Demon Deacons (Independent) (1926–1927)
1926 Wake Forest 5–4–1
1927 Wake Forest 2–6–2
Wake Forest: 7–10–3
Total: 43–36–16
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth

College basketballEdit

Statistics overview
Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Rhode Island State Rams (Independent) (1916–1918)
1916–17 Rhode Island State 2–6
1917–18 Rhode Island State 3–0
Rhode Island State: 5–6
Trinity Blue and White (Independent) (1921–1922)
1921–22 Trinity 6–12
Trinity: 6–12
Lehigh Engineers (Independent) (1922–1925)
1922–23 Lehigh 9–10
1923–24 Lehigh 12–3
1924–25 Lehigh 11–4
Lehigh: 32–17
Wake Forest Demon Deacons (Independent) (1926–1928)
1926–27 Wake Forest 22–3
1927–28 Wake Forest 6–14
Wake Forest: 28–17
Total: 71–52

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


  1. ^ "Maine Coach Has 13 Months' Experience As Director In France In His Training". The Lewiston Daily Sun. Lewiston, Maine. September 18, 1919. p. 6. Retrieved September 23, 2021 – via Google News.
  2. ^ "James Baldwin Dies; Former Athletic Coach". The Boston Globe. Boston, Massachusetts. August 3, 1964. p. 21. Retrieved September 23, 2021 – via Newspapers.com  .

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