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


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After Trout, AL All-Star OF spots up for grabs
Blue Jays ride big innings, cruise past Rangers
O's walk off over Yanks after classic duel
Rea flirts with no-hitter as Padres topple Mets
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Scherzer, Lackey set for marquee pitching matchup
5 takeaways from Zimmermann's 5-0 start
Breaking down the Top 30 International Prospects list
Cano strikes in 9th, keeps Mariners rolling in Houston Top 100 Prospects list
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Indians pile on for sweep, now 6-0 vs. Tigers
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Story shines as Rockies ride record 5th to win
Cards blank Phils behind stellar Garcia
Simon, early homers lead Reds past Brewers
Marlins sweep D-backs behind Conley, Yelich
Miggy's hug among Thursday's top GIFs
Kang rejoins Bucs for series in St. Louis
Rodgers, Alcantara among top prospect performers Thursday
Monica Abbott just became the first million-dollar player in professional fastpitch softball
Papi, Thor may open weekend on strong note
White Sox honor Ortiz; Commish on hand
Rea of hope: Righty aims for Padres' history
MLB decision on Puerto Rico series nears
Holland's short outing ends impressive streak
Shift backfires on Padres in seventh inning
More aggressive Cano driving first-place Mariners
Zobrist hits the power switch to spark offense
Girardi stands by bullpen decisions vs. Orioles
A string of zeros, but no win for Tanaka
Cubs swat Nats as Zobrist's bat logs 4 RBIs
For Yanks, weekend series with Red Sox big
April showers bring May Encarnacion homers
Manfred shares optimism on labor talks
Heyward back in action after Fowler's ejection
Yelich can't get bunt down, hits homer instead
Puig, A-Gon link for epic fishing trip
Conley sets club record for hitless stretch in win
Lindor making case as baseball's best shortstop
Bassitt to undergo Tommy John surgery
Smooth performance: Vintage Brantley back
Manfred tuned in with Chicago on big stage
Hamilton not ready to start rehab assignment


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 at the top of his wind-up - Iowa Oaks, 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