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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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