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


Mookie's mash, Koji's K's cap wild night
Bop of the 1st vs. KC: Triple, slam by George!
Running Rajai's circus catch denies Detroit
Trout-field: Open spots remain in AL All-Star OF race
Ball-Loney! Catch preserves Met history
Like father, like home run: Dad sees Vlad Jr. jack
Female umpire calls game in Rookie ball
Giants rally for best 40-game stretch since '54
Contreras, Bryant halt Cubs' 4-game skid
Summer heat: deGrom, Bumgarner on MLB.TV
SoE: Leitch's All-Star ballot
Less than 6 days left to cast your All-Star vote
BTS leader 9 picks shy of $5.6 million
Aroldis Chapman managed to break Statcast harder than usual against the Twins
2016 Draft: Signing and Bonus Tracker
Pujols' 573rd HR ties Killebrew at 11th all-time
Get a behind-the-scenes look at some of the weirdest artifacts in the Baseball Hall of Fame Top 100 Prospects list
Machado, Jones homer as O's rally past Rays
Scherzer laments struggles in loss to Brewers
DiMaggio extends hit streak as Yanks rout Browns
Giants use LGBT Night to help Orlando victims
Lind walk-off carries Mariners over Cardinals
Padres score in first 8 frames in win over Reds
White Sox hold on after big hit from Frazier
Lind's celebration after walk-off leads top GIFs
Tanaka, Yankees benefit from Twins miscues
Coastal Carolina, Arizona stay alive at College World Series
Moncada among top prospect performers Friday
D-backs bats could sizzle on Saturday
Storz edges Adell in USA Baseball Home Run Derby
D-backs rally in 9th to take wild one from Rox
Davis' 3-run shot, stellar D lift A's over Halos
Pipeline preview: Hoskins looks to extend homer streak
Zobrist day to day with ankle bruise after HBP
Cespedes OK after twisting ankle on first base
Hurdle records 1,000th managerial win
Big Red Machine honored for 40th anniversary
Contreras caps stellar 1st week with game-winner
Bucs outlast Dodgers in battle of bullpens
Mets hang on, close out Braves with stellar D
Astros ride 9-run 1st inning in rout of Royals
Tribe wins 7th straight, now 7-0 vs. Tigers
Brewers best Scherzer as Nats' skid hits six
Adam Jones has HR robbed, fakes tears
Hall of Fame Tour preview takes place in Virginia
What to expect from Astros' Reed in big leagues
End of streak doesn't faze Ziegler
Jose on the way? Sources say Mets reunion likely
'Last Cubs Dynasty' revisits 1907-08 champs
Rays acquire outfielder Arcia from Twins


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


Lee Carey as coach of Tucson High SchoolMax 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