Former Baldwin football coach and educator, Stephen Carroll, Marion "Miki" Waldman and Ed Ramirez (Athletic Director) at the 2021-22 Nassau County Sports Hall of Fame Induction Dinner. Also pictured are members of Marion "Miki" Waldmans family (daughter, son-in law and granddaughter).
2021-22 Nassau County Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
The 2021-22 Nassau County Sports Hall of Fame Induction ceremony included three of Baldwin High School's all-time great athletic figures. Below you can read about the accomplishments of Anna Paluszek, Ed Reinisch and Marion "Miki" Waldman Debaise.
She was an elite athlete in the 1920s at Baldwin. She was a standout field hockey player, the top long jumper and shotputter in Nassau County, a sprinter and a member of the 880- yard relay team. At the age of 16, she won the long jump competing against college athletes at the Milrose Games. As an American of Polish descent, she earned a spot as a long jumper on the 1934 Polish Olympic Team
Ed Reinisch coached Baldwin to more than 100 victories including an unbeaten record in 1946 when the Bruins won the Nassau championship. His coaching record is even more impressive when you consider that wrestling teams in that era only competed in 8 to 9 matches per years. Reinisch was a longtime assistant football coach, helping the Bruins’ 1948 team that won the Rutgers Cup as Nassau’s top team. He was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2002
Marion (Miki) Waldman DeBaise
Like so many female athletes of her era, Waldman played in obscurity. Only a smattering of people knew that she was a four-sport star. She was a standout in field hockey, basketball, softball, and lacrosse. She was good enough to be named the Most Outstanding Senior Athlete at Baldwin High School in 1962. Not only was she the leading scorer in all four sports, but she was also blessed with enough speed, stamina, and strength to place second in the Nassau County Presidential Fitness Competition. She went on to Arcadia University and was a four-year starter in Field Hockey, Basketball, and Lacrosse. She was named to the All-American team in Field Hockey in 1964-65 and named to the US Field Hockey Squad from 1965-1969 along with the US Lacrosse team in 1967-69. During this time, she represented the United States against New Zealand, Germany, Australia, South Africa, Great Britain, Ireland, and Hong Kong. Waldman was truly a woman for all seasons.