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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Wild Card provides heightened drama, hope
Watch the hype of Giolito's debut on MLB.TV
Ever-tightening All-Star races going to the wire
Extra Kris B! Cub's hot swings epic
Trout, Altuve share laugh after spill on bases
No. 1 prospect Giolito to debut for Nats tonight
Star search: Who will fill out 2016 ASG rosters?
Bauer, Chisenhall spark Tribe to 10th straight
Delayed gratification: Rangers rally in 9th
SoE: Rockies still follow Tulo's example
Less than 3 days left to cast your All-Star vote
Kendrys' 4 hits drive Royals to win in I-70 tilt
Nats run wild on Mets with 11 unanswered runs
2016 Draft: Signing and Bonus Tracker
Park helps Twins gain fan base in Seoul
Gloves are off! Hot shots shock pitchers Top 100 Prospects list
Giants could let Bumgarner hit in lieu of DH
Altuve extends on-base streak to 30 games
DiMaggio quick to hit in 39th straight, adds HR
A bird narrowly avoided disaster after flying in the path of an Adam Wainwright pitch
Behind Cloney, Arizona one win from CWS title
Diaz avoids major injury after foul ball to face
Astros rally, make great escape to top Halos
Tulo back in Colorado with fond memories
Velasquez dazzles in return from DL
Rain-gers weather the storm against Yanks
Mayors join forces for Play Ball Summer
Dodgers rally from early hole to edge Bucs
Baker's delight: Early outburst ends Rays' skid
Top GIFs: Trout with a trip, not a triple
MiLB Road Trip, Day 4: Bat Flips in Atlantic
June boom: Balls leaving yard at historic rate
Happ, McKinney among top prospect performers Monday
Yelich, Bour, Dietrich set to post big numbers
Mets hold workout for Gurriel in Florida
FAQ: How All-Star reserves are selected
Trout still on a tear, but Halos can't capitalize
Girardi not pleased with lengthy rain delay
CarGo vaults Tulo on Rockies' HR list
Phillies' big inning, Velasquez sink D-backs


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


University of Arizona starting pitchers, 1959.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