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
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About David Baldwin
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At top of the order, Blanco realizes World Series dream
Wait is over: Fall Classic returns to Kansas City
Appel dominates, continues scoreless streak in AFL
Lincecum more than ready if needed in Fall Classic
MadBum brings unique delivery, experience for Giants in Game 1
Crucial Giants-Royals World Series matchups
Texas' Williams hits big homer in Fall League action
Tale of the tape: Giants-Royals, Game 1
Finnegan set for World Series after college run
Reds prospect Iglesias makes debut in AFL
Coaching continuity a source of Giant strength
Royals' success can be traced back to 2010 trade
Posey faces tough task behind the plate against speedy Royals
MLB announces World Series umpiring crew
Holland has an edge -- and unhittable pitches
In an era of parity, Giants closing in on dynasty status
Royals ham it up during meet and greet
Sundberg remembers Royals' 1985 championship season
Morse to serve as Giants' DH in Kansas City
Giants' pinch-hitting options limited in Kansas City
High-flying Royals set to put dazzling defense on display
With RF unsettled, Cards think Taveras can step up
Royals' machine built to perform in October
Jay to have wrist surgery; Yadi, Waino prescribed rest
First four World Series games dedicated to important causes
New WS gear player tested, fan approved
A baseball latecomer, Cain's determination led way
Sports greatness final piece of Kansas City's puzzle
Denkinger cool with reminders of mistaken call in '85 Series
October Confidential: Giants vs. Royals


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


Dave Baldwin with the Chicago White Sox in 1973.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 links to his artwork and poetry.  Thanks for visiting.

Baseball Memoir by Dave Baldwin, Snake Jazz