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


Thriving at Wrigley, ERA title in Hendricks' reach
Tebow will start to answer questions today
AL Wild Card contenders tighten race
O's, Cards continue WC chases on .TV
Yo, Fish: Mets stage wild, wet walk-off
Potential gems among upcoming free-agent pitchers
Rasmus will come off DL, rejoin Astros vs. A's
Porcello's 18th, Mookie's 30th lift Red Sox
MLB, MLBPA donate to support La. flood victims
Miller, Darvish show off ridiculous pitches
Sanchez remains red-hot; Kershaw blue?
Cubs tie it in 9th, walk off in 13th vs. Bucs
Molina's bunt leads to comeback Cards win
To the races: MLB postseason schedule announced
Bean throws first pitch at Phils' Pride Night Updated Top 100 Prospects list
Pujols ties Frank Robinson for 9th on HR list
Donaldson, Jays increase lead on O's
Ichiro passes Boggs on all-time hits list
Salty HR saves Tigers, spoils Shields' start for Sox
Beltre counters Venditte, flips helmet
Royals ride 5-run 7th to gain in Wild Card race
Tigers' prospect Machado channels David Wright with over-the-shoulder, barehanded catch
Clutch Kip: Tribe walks off in 10th vs. Twins
Astros blank A's, 2 back of 2nd AL Wild Card
Beltre helmet bit hilarious; Yu sits down M's
Someone should tell Ivan De Jesus there's a moth the size of a baseball on his back
Seager's wrist OK after getting hit by pitch
Bucs put Cole on DL with elbow inflammation
Leonys Martin nearly climbed out of Globe Life Park in order to rob a homer
Gray outduels Maeda as Rockies top Dodgers
Not just a slugger, Sanchez brings power behind the plate
All signs positive for Stras after bullpen session
Stanton does light drills after seeing specialist
Former Gators baseball players rooting for Tebow
Pipeline preview: Sedlock looks to bounce back for IronBirds
Indians place Salazar on paternity list
Kershaw headlines Dodgers' simulated game
Orbit tried bribing a young A's fan with Astros gear but she and her friend wouldn't have any of it
Cardinals, Indians will bring heavy lumber Tuesday
Nats back Roark early to take Phils opener
Mookie joins elite company with 30th HR
Beede among top prospect performers Monday
Olympian Centrowitz brings gold to O's game
Sanchez is AL Player of the Week -- again
Jake Arrieta struck out swinging and may have received the biggest Wrigley ovation of the night
Angels overwhelm Reds with five home runs
Koji could return to 'pen on Labor Day
Donaldson's power surge continues
Cobb to make long-awaited return Friday
Dodgers just outside top 5 in Power Rankings
Maybin aggravates thumb, scheduled for MRI
Dinged up Cabrera, Walker both day to day
Kang sent to Indianapolis for continued rehab
A's Manaea day to day with upper back strain
Dodgers send Stewart to Double-A, recall Maeda
Reds activate Simon, option Smith to Louisville
Longoria goes to bat for animal shelter
Nationals promote Taylor, option Giolito
Navarro thrilled to return to Blue Jays


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


Dave Baldwin with the Chicago White Sox in 1973.Max 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