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


Murphy slam leads Nats to 7th straight win
Phils hit 3 straight homers, sweep Braves
Yu know it: Rangers rally to take 4 from Royals
Rox roll to first home sweep of Giants since '02
Benintendi gets 5 hits; scary pitch irks Machado
Starting in 4-run hole, Astros win in 10
Stroman settles in after quick-pitch hiccup
Week Ahead: Opening month winds down
Benintendi's 5 hits lead trip down rabbit hole
Bullpen of the Week: Houston Astros
NL West Coast power outage
Rivalries renewed: 10 things to watch this week
Dodgers, Giants resume rivalry on MLB.TV
Statcast of the Day: Scherzer's spin zone
MLB.TV: Watch every night on every device
Hunter Pence appeared on Bill Nye's new show because of course he did
See them now:'s Top 100 Prospects
A rabbit crashing a Minor League team's Bark in the Park Day almost caused a hare-y situation
Start your own season by purchasing R.B.I. Baseball
MLB News Quiz: Do you remember the week that was?
Joe Blogs: The art of being perfect
A giant flock of seagulls descended upon a fan in Oakland, threatened to carry her away forever
Dodgers' big inning, McCarthy gem sink D-backs
Indians taking shape as contenders in AL
Machado in middle of 8th-inning tiff
Boss-a Nova: Bucs win behind stellar ex-Yank
Darvish comes up Yu-ge with 8-inning outing
Reds reward Arroyo with big hits to rip Cubs
A grand opening for Nationals' Murphy
Catcher Chris Gimenez kept it 'slow, slow, and slower' in his fourth career pitching appearance
Motter's slam lifts Gallardo, Seattle over A's
Allard among top prospect performers Sunday
Marlins surge past Padres with 6-run 6th
Mets hope Cespedes available Tuesday
Big flies seal Stroman's complete-game win
Strasburg set to go on paternity leave
Pujols now at No. 1 on RBI list for Dominicans
Nova's first '17 walk to NYY pitcher -- in first AB
Benintendi singles self out in record books
Miller has forearm tightness; MRI scheduled
Back on track, Price to throw next bullpen
Pitching win then soccer intro for McCarthy


Dave Baldwin is the only geneticist and only systems engineer ever to play major league baseball.  In Scientific American (May 2000), Steve Mirsky wrote, “Dave Baldwin… is surely the only person to publish in the Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington and to pitch for that town's team.” 

Dave BaldwinPro baseball career (1959 -1974)

  • Dave pitched for the Washington Senators, Milwaukee Brewers, and Chicago White Sox. These and other teams he played for are in the book Snake Jazz

Off Season

  • Dave earned a Ph.D. (genetics) and M.S. (systems engineering) at the University of Arizona.  Subsequently, he has been a researcher, engineer, professional artist, and contented retiree.

Stealing into the Baseball Hall of Fame

  • Dave’s painting, “Fugue for the Pepper Players,” graces the Baseball Hall of Fame Museum and John Thorn’s book, Treasures of the Baseball Hall of Fame, Vuillard, 1998.

Science & Baseball

  • His articles have crept into the Harvard Business Review (July/August 2001) and American Scientist (May/June 2005) and other diverse journals.  Also, he contributed a chapter to Biomedical Engineering Principles in Sports (Hung and Pallus, eds., 2004).
  • In 2000 Dave spoke at the Science of Baseball Symposium sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).  His esoteric topic was the decision processes of baseball managers.


  • He writes poetry under the name DGB Featherkile. Publication credits include: American Poetry Journal, Atlanta Review, Blue Unicorn, Concho River Review, Evansville Review, and The Lyric.  His book Limbic Hurly-Burly: Poems of Humor and Paradox has been published by Stillman & Hyla as a Kindle ebook on

Dave BaldwinOn the Air

  • He talked about baseball and higher education, or lack thereof, on the PBS “All Things Considered” radio program in 2006.
  • Dave appeared on the Scientific American podcast in March, 2007, to discuss his atypical career and the weird Japanese pitch, the gyroball.
  • He was interviewed on ESPN (“Outside the Lines”) in the spring, 2007, once again about the gyroball (a pitch Dave has never thrown).
  • On Comcast, and MLB telecasts, Dave discussed what the batter sees or not as the ball leaves the pitcher’s hand. 


  • Dave belongs to the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) and the International Society of Experimental Artists (ISEA). 



Baseball sites:

Judy Van Sickle Johnson's baseball blog:

Engineering Professor Terry Bahill’s baseball web site:

Physicist Alan Nathan’s comprehensive Physics of Baseball web site

National Baseball Hall of Fame:

The baseball statistics goldmine of Retrosheet:

Society for American Baseball Research (SABR):

Gabriel Schechter’s baseball blog:

Jimmy Scott’s baseball blog:   

Other sites:

Greg Howell’s reflective blog:

Dave Baldwin’s art:

A description of Dr. Carol Dweck’s book, Mindset:

Four-time All-Star George Case (see Photo Gallery) made a historic documentary of American League players in 1939-1946.  For the DVD:

Steve Mirsky's podcast interview with Dave Baldwin

Steve Mirsky's column in Scientific American, about Dave Baldwin

Dave’s American Scientist cover article (with co-authors: A. Terry Bahill and Jayendran Venkateswaran) describing the pitch as seen by a hitter:

Linda Besse’s wildlife paintings:

Go Yachats


Baseball Memoir by Dave Baldwin, Snake Jazz