From 1954 to 1957, Mayfield's Bradley "Babe" Baldwin dominated the local sports scene with his talent on the soccer field, baseball diamond and basketball court.
In January of 2008, the Panthers honored the standout by retiring his No. 25 basketball jersey.
On July 1, Baldwin will again be honored when he is inducted as a member of the 2012 class of the Capital District Basketball Hall of Fame.
Bradley 'Babe' Baldwin, left, accepts a framed jersey from his son Brad Baldwin Jr. during ceremonies at Mayfield High School marking the retirement of his No. 25 basketball jersey on Jan. 26, 2008. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)
"He was kind of surprised. He did not know it was coming," Brad Baldwin Jr. said. "Last year I asked [Hall of Fame coach] Don Landrio about this and he told me they went back 50 years and dad was more than that. They went back, looked at what he did, and didn't realize it. The whole talk is about him down there right now. They were astonished by the numbers he was doing. He averaged 38.5 points per game and played only three-and-a-half years. They played a 14 game schedule back then with no shot clock and played seven minute quarters."
Baldwin will be joined in the induction ceremonies by Gloversville and University at Albany standout Byron Miller.
Miller played for the late coach Jack Kobuskie at Gloversville before playing college ball for coach Doc Sauers at Albany, lettering in 1972-73-74. He captained the 1974 Great Dane squad. He is also a member of the UAlbany Hall of Fame.
Baldwin and Miller will be joined as members of the third class to be inducted by Josh Deuel (CBA/Vermont/Siena), Will Foley (Albany High/Boston College), Andre Cook (Watervliet/Skidmore, now coaching at St. Edwards in Texas), Barry Cavanaugh (Rensselaer/UAlbany), Carm Macciarello (Shenendehowa/Siena), Troy Turner (Albany High/Siena/Potsdam), Joe Girard (St. Mary's/Shenendehowa/LeMoyne), Jack Weaver (Siena), Michelle Blot-Karangwa (Colonie/Siena), Val Klopfer (Bishop Maginn/Wake Forest, now an assistant coach at Cornell), the late Mac Supronowicz (Mont Pleasant/Michigan) and the late Howie Tucker (Ravena/Siena).
Coaches being inducted include Bill Kalbaugh (Mechanicville High, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute), Mike Deane (Siena, Marquette, Lamar, Wagner), John Quattrochi (UAlbany, Skidmore) and Dave Doemel (CBA).
Sandy Brousseau and the late Willard Dorn are the referees on the list.
The Team Legacy Award goes to the undefeated team from Linton in 1960. The Barry Kramer Lifetime Achievement Award goes to Joe Loudis, and the Sam Perkins Sportsmanship Award goes to Chuck Abba.
Baldwin finished his high school career with 1,827 points without the benefit of the 3-point shot and was an All-American first team player in 1955 and 1956. He scored 40 points eight times, 50 points in a game five times and had a career high of 62 points against Galway, which still stands third in the Section II.
As a freshman, Baldwin scored 460 points for the Panthers and backed it up with a 582-point sophomore season.
His junior season was cut short when he broke his foot in practice but in the four games before being injured, he had 163 points. In his senior season, the 6-foot-3 center came back to put up games of 50, 53, 54 and 62 points en route to scoring 622 points that season.
Although proficient on the basketball court, Baldwin, who threw five no-hitters for Mayfield, opted to sign a $6,000 contract to pitch for the New York Yankees.
While working with Eddie Lopat on the Yankees' rookie team, Baldwin suffered a season-ending injury.
"I was throwing a curveball against the Dodgers' rookie team and injured my elbow," Baldwin said at his jersey retirement ceremony. "I was done for the year. Then I came back a year later, but it just wasn't there."
The induction ceremony will take place at the Hilton Inn in Troy beginning with a reception from 4:30 to 6 p.m and the induction ceremony going until 9 p.m.