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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Happ, Blue Jays climb past O's into 1st place
Deadline buzz: Mets make offer for Lucroy
Royals acquire speedster Burns from A's
Five teams with biggest needs at the Deadline
Today's starting lineups: July 30
Does trading an ace at the Deadline actually work?
A's opt to put Hill on DL with blister
Gurriel sees first action with GCL Astros
Quiz: What's your MLB trade value?
Simon: 10 Deadline moves that didn't click Updated Top 100 Prospects list
Murphy out of Nats lineup as precaution
Nats slay Giant threat with historic triple play
Carl Crawford's son looks Gold Glove quality
Dodgers out-rally D-backs, cut NL West lead
Cubs consider briefly adding 6th man to rotation
Cards leapfrog Fish despite Ichiro throw
Guerra thinks day is done, learns he's staying in
Rangers covet frontline starter before Deadline
Shifty moves: Machado's basepath adventure
Padres' HR streak comes to a halt in loss
Rumors follow pitchers to mound on MLB.TV
Indians' late rally fuels wild victory over A's
Beat the Streak leader five picks from BTS mark
Odor's 2 homers power Rangers past Royals
Porcello ties AL leaders with 14th win
Poll: How do you think Ichiro will get hit No. 3,000?
Velasquez calm with trade rumors swirling
Thunderous bats lead Cubs' rainy win vs. M's
Rays grab early lead, stifle Yanks for victory
Lucroy focused on baseball, not trade rumors
No hit needed for Mauer's first walk-off in 9 years
Fish reel in Cashner, Rea in 7-player deal with Padres
Jimenez, Rodgers among top prospect performers Friday
The Indians' scoreboard is now making predictions about the Twins' scoreboard
Streaking Tigers pounce early, pile on Astros
Bruce wants conclusion to trade speculation
Nats back Max, turn triple play to hold off SF
Lindor, Turner set to be among Saturday's stars
Murphy exits early as precaution vs. Giants
Pipeline preview: De La Cruz primed for full-season debut
An umpire had to physically move Javier Baez out of his line of sight
Pence 'feels great,' rejoins Giants
Nats get by with 'all hands' bullpen approach
Dodgers' chairman addresses trade rumors about Puig
Ichi-throw: No hits, but outfielder gets assist
Finnegan, Reds too much for Padres
Walk-off in the park: Mauer, Twins win in 12
Oberg gets 3 outs on 3 pitches to escape jam
Royals admit postseason runs have taken toll
Chatwood brings his road show to NY, beats Mets
Guerra stymies Pirates over 8 2/3 in Crew win
Braves top Phils with early runs, young arm
Porcello stymies Angels as Red Sox end skid
Dickerson departs with a right hip contusion
Melancon drawing interest ahead of Deadline
Puig pinch-hits after missing five games
Peralta eager for action after being activated
As Deadline nears, Nats in need of 'pen help
Hill won't start on Sunday, may head to DL
White Sox listening to offers ahead of Deadline
Markakis, Johnson among potential Braves trades
Royals activate Cain from DL, option Eibner
The 5 toughest 'buy or sell' dilemmas
Market for Lucroy's services picking up steam


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


George Case with the Washington SenatorsMax 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