Baseball Lifetime Memoir by Dave Baldwin, Snake Jazz
Dave Baldwin
Baseball Memoir by Dave Baldwin, Snake Jazz
About Snake Jazz, a major-league baseball memoir by Dave Baldwin
Introduction and excerpts of baseball memoir Snake Jazz by Dave Baldwin
About David Baldwin
Baseball Paradoxes
Dave's Numbers
Major-league baseball photo gallery
Contact Dave Baldwin


Postseason spots still up for grabs in final 5 days
Tebow homers on first instructional league pitch
Ring and a miss: Yankee fan's marry-me rally
Back from Miami, Cardinal hits slam for Jose
Tigers 1 game out of WC with rout of Indians
VOTE: MLB Awards Best Defensive Player
Today's starting lineups: Sept. 27
Blue Jays tighten AL Wild Card grip vs. chasing O's
Fernandez public memorial services today
Leitch: Playoff dossier: The Indians
Postseason Picture: If season ended today
Giants back Moore to maintain Wild Card position
Yanks bash 3 HRs, delay Sox's clinch party
Recalling one of most dramatic days in MLB history
2016 tiebreaker scenarios
To the races: 2016 MLB postseason schedule
Williams' boldness in final weekend of '41 paid off
Stats of the Day: Freeman an on-base machine
DYK: Scully has seen it all during his tenure Updated Top 100 Prospects list
Rangers rally past Brewers, regain No. 1 seed
Astros stay in Wild Card mix with 6-run 6th
Yo, Bruce homer to back Thor in WC hunt
Statcast of the Day: Beltran's legs carry Rangers
Howard launches grand slam in first inning
O's, Jays offer Wild Card preview on MLB.TV
Royals walk off, keep Wild Card hopes alive
Sanchez's 20th homer ties 86-year-old mark
Freeman's hit streak at 29, ties longest in '16
Diaz's emotional slam lifts Cards' WC hopes
Coghlan leads vs. Bucs as Cubs keep cruising
Anderson flirts with cycle as Sale wins 17th
Dodgers set rotation for Games 1-3 of NLDS
Miggy reaches 100-RBI mark for 12th time
MRI reveals Kluber has mild quadriceps strain
Cueto set to return in final game vs. Rockies
Nolasco, Marte help Halos slam A's
Bucs officially eliminated, but will keep moving forward
Papi, Price have frustration-filled night
Strasburg unlikely to pitch in NLDS
Cole appeals suspension for throwing behind Kang
Swing vote: MLB Awards balloting underway
Cy Max? Scherzer sets Nats' strikeout record
Bregman's surprising return sparks big rally
David Ortiz's letter to Yankees fans will be hung around the city before his final series in the Bronx
Giants get infielder Beckham from Braves
Marte par-tay: Grand slam give Halos a lift
Tigers facing Wild ride with untested starters
Matz to have bone spur surgery; season over
Felix's rough stretch vs. Houston continues
Rendon's HR, Max's 10 K's rally Nats
The Marlins' team barber got a Jose Fernandez tattoo as a tribute to one of his favorite patrons
Ramos finished for season with torn ACL
Dodgers announce simulcast of Scully's final game
Mets sign Fernandez jersey to honor Marlins ace
Urias may have inside track on NLDS Game 4
Mauer still bothered by injury but aims to play
Lupica: Our hearts break: RIP Jose


baseballBaseball was never meant to be taken seriously—if it were, we would play it with a javelin instead of a ball.
-- veteran pitcher Max Surkont


Batting and Catching SimultaneouslyMax said this back in mid-twentieth century before multimillion dollar contracts made baseball, like all other show business, serious business.  Dave Baldwin’s memoir Snake Jazz is about those days when few ballplayers were paid more than school teachers. Baseball was played because it was more fun than working for a living.  It was so much fun that players seeing the end of their careers looming before them became desperate to hang on as long as possible.  Snake Jazz tells of this looming, desperation, and hanging but does so with a Surkont-like viewpoint – it’s all just entertainment.

The baseball term snake jazz means “curvy pitches.”   A snake is a curveball, so by extension, the gaggle of pitches that behave similarly (screwball, slider, etc.) is called snake jazz.  A batter would slouch back to the bench after striking out and say, “Man, he didn’t throw me a fastball – just kept giving that snake jazz.”

This Snake Jazz site offers a brief summary of the book as well as a few excerpts.  You will also find Dave’s bio, a plethora of photos from his baseball career, and some carefully selected links, including  a link to his artwork. Thanks for visiting.

Baseball Memoir by Dave Baldwin, Snake Jazz