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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Yanks rule, and so does Judge's Chambers
Sano keeps on proving he's #ASGWorthy
Greinke spins 12-K gold to sink White Sox
Statcast of the Day: Almora's 4-star catch
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Are the Rangers for real? Behind the numbers
Two days after covering the plate in dirt, an amused Joe Girardi wiped it off per umpire request
Reds defeat Tribe to take Ohio Cup opener
Solo HR streak carries Giants at Wrigley
Red-hot Dickerson leads off birthday with HR
Relentless Rox bats back stellar Hoffman in win
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Braves' hit parade backs Folty in win over Bucs
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Joe Blogs: Fun with Statcast (Exit Velo)
Maybin HR, wild pitch push Angels past Rays
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Hendricks turns corner after shaky start
Moncada in Chicago for checkup on thumb
#ASGWorthy Jones hammers historic HR
Rodriguez thankful for Bucs' timely support
Glove in hand, Carlos Zambrano returned to Wrigley Field with a fast first pitch
Twins reel off 21-hit salute, storm past O's
Inciarte has #ASGWorthy night vs. Pirates
Zack dazzles again, delivers 4th straight win
Peacock fans 8 in strong start in place of ace
Adams already fitting in with new club
Long ball, close call help Yanks top Royals
Giants making turn toward postseason run
Gregorius no longer left behind vs. southpaws
After Justin Ruggiano's home run landed, Wrigley Field's ivy generated a fresh replacement baseball
KC's Gordon, wife welcome baby girl to family
Kluber ready to begin rehab assignment
Royals on pace to break club mark for homers
Revere: Harper vs. Trout too close to call
Mazara: My dream came true, but it wasn't easy
Pirates' Freese, Hurdle ejected in Atlanta
Cameron Maybin gave the signal for his own homer off the Tropicana Field catwalk
Cubs' Caratini, D-backs' Reed repeat on Prospect Team of the Week
Theo Epstein gives inspiring speech at Yale
Hoffman gets called up, sparkles over 7 innings
Torres next in line of young Yankees stars?
MiLB partners with MLB for Play Ball initiative


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


Washington Senators' bullpen in 1967.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