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


Stanton puts emphatic end to homerless drought
Springer's Little League HR caps 5-run frame
Athletic Suzuki makes diving tag at home
Buehler? Dodgers need a replacement for Hill
Suspension over, Arenado homers in 1st AB
Machado connects off Bauer for 6th homer
Lourdes' first big league hit is a two-run single
Albies homers off Thor's 99.6-mph fastball
LoMo hits 1st Twins HR in return to The Trop
Mancini exits after knee crashes into wall
Thome has plenty to say about Hoskins' swing
Dodgers organist Dieter Ruehle played 'Wake Me Up' in memory of Avicii, who died at age 28
Yadi becomes RBI leader at Busch Stadium III
Odubel Herrera faked a swing not once, but twice before taking a pitch
Mets have yet to decide on struggling Harvey
Boston righty Wright exits rehab start with stiff back
Myers back and healthy after 'freak thing'
These 11 additions are making huge impacts
Royals rookie Hill thriving after beating cancer
Play Beat the Streak for a chance at $5.6 million
Tigers walk off in 10th on JaCoby's 1st homer
Callup O'Neill soaking in big league experience
The Texas A&M baseball team had way too much fun during a postgame interview
Giants place Pence on DL with sprained thumb
Sanchez on passed balls: 'I'm not perfect'
D-backs help launch food pantry at local school
Buck on Betts: 'Best right fielder I've ever seen'
These 10 prospects will make an impact soon
Yuli might not be the best Gurriel we'll see in '18
A's add Bassitt, Lucas; option Coulombe
10 amazing facts from Red Sox's historic start
Salazar among Indians making rehab progress
Here are 7 future managerial candidates
Moose homers as hit streak reaches 11 games
Aggressive Wisler earns another start
Cubs place Butler on DL, recall Farrell
Aguilar's hot bat puts Braun at 1B on hold
Riggleman thankful for managerial opportunity
Pollock, Owings get day off following collision
Miller activated from disabled list, Snyder DFA'd
Reds players express gratitude for Price's role
Weather has been Twins' biggest hurdle
Schebler's return gives Reds a power bat
Marlins lose reliever Despaigne to DL
Hurdle has faith in Cervelli's use of mound visits
Should the Yankees trade Dellin Betances?
Time for these division favorites to wake up
Recall the time Dave Parker wore a goalie mask
Mariners activate slugging catcher Zunino
MLB legends comprise exclusive 3,000-hit club
Profar returns, Andrus rejoins club while on DL
Orioles add prospect Scott to bullpen
Torres joins bullpen as Cole exposed to waivers
Perez, Gordon close to returning to Royals
This is the most entertaining pitcher-hitter rivalry
Blue Jays activate Morales ... and keep Teoscar
Injury updates: Owings, Ohtani, Bumgarner


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


Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller giving Dave a few pointers.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