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
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Bradley robs Davis of HR with leaping grab
Olson stretches home run streak to 5 games
Maddon honored by Rays in return to St. Pete
Bryce takes to basepaths, plays in sim game
Dress for October: Get postseason gear
Waino activated from DL; Gyorko returns to field
Pedroia should return to lineup Wednesday
Severino moved up to start finale vs. Twins
Contreras, Russell not ready for 9 innings
Ferrell feels OK, lucky after taking liner to head
Milwaukee's hopes still brewin'
The 12 unlikeliest MVP Award winners
Today's starting lineups: Sept. 19
Cespedes' offseason will focus on running
Explaining possible postseason tiebreakers
Choo on track to achieve goal of no DL stints
Big characters up for Personality of the Year Award
Arrieta says he'll return Thursday vs. Crew
Altuve given Lou Gehrig Memorial Award
Half whiffs: Kimbrel posting historic K rate
No two ways about it: Ohtani one of a kind
Moran rejoins Astros for end of regular season
Indians top Power Rankings for second week
Ziegler nearing return; O'Grady activated
Cotton still has a chance to make his next start
Braves get go-ahead for new spring facility
Smith a contender for Red Sox 'pen in playoffs
Dodgers want more quality ABs from Grandal
Hamilton (thumb) frustrated he's still inactive
Hats on: Neris will continue to wear filthy cap
55th Stanton HR a beauty beside sculpture
Deadline revisited: Which GMs hit a home run?
Rosario misses 2nd game with gastroenteritis
Tummy, rake: Philly pitcher nabs liner to belly
Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford called a play named for his buddy, Clayton Kershaw
FFinal FFour of 'Funnest Player' tourney
Judge homers, Yanks top Twins on 5-out save
Sox give extra effort vs. O's, stay 3 games up
Philly slam sinks Kershaw after inside-park HR
J.D.'s incredible season hidden in plain sight
Twins, Red Sox are top out-making outfields
Fantasy411 Podcast: Investing in Hoskins
Voting begins for Esurance MLB Awards
Crew improves standing with shutout of Bucs
Road to the Postseason: Sept. 19
MLB, Camping World announce multi-year partnership
Freddie Freeman dressed as Willy Wonka for his 1-year-old son Charlie's birthday
Padres pounce early, hold on to deny D-backs
Judge belts 44th HR, continues to rule at home
MLB.TV now just $3.99 for rest of season
Managers Postgame: Girardi discusses pitching
Key hits, clutch relief behind 'extra' success
Dodgers open with back-to-back HRs in Philly
Santana hopes for chance vs. Yanks in October
Don Orsillo and the Padres broadcast team had too much fun during Hunter Renfroe's at-bat
Pedroia day to day with nasal contusion
Olson hits No. 22, homers in 4th straight game
Which hitting prospects boosted stock in 2017?
Overpowering Twins, Aroldis bails out Betances
Corbin stung by SD again during hot stretch
Syndergaard back on mound, eyes a return
Justin Turner's doppelganger was spotted at the Phillies game, then Turner hit a home run
Kershaw disappointed after allowing first slam
Altherr not taking slam off Kershaw for granted
Knebel shows no sign of rust in Crew's win
Beat the Streak in a Day for $5.6 million


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