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


LA's 10 streak: 5 wild runs, 2 Cody HRs, Kenley 2B
Twins back in 1st with sweep of Tribe
Stanton to defend Home Run Derby crown
Three HRs, dominant 'pen lift Astros over M's
Sale, Red Sox face Twins phenom on MLB.TV
ALL-STAR VOTE: Time running out
Managers Postgame: Molitor on big series win
Week Ahead: NL West race heats up
Just a number: Ichiro oldest to start in CF
Bullpen of the Week: Dodgers
Dodgers living up to lofty expectations
Mets elevate Tebow to Class A St. Lucie
2017 Draft: Signing and Bonus Tracker
John Kruk and Randy Johnson reunited for a photo to remind us of historic All-Star matchup
MLB.TV: Watch every night on every device
Bonds says he could still hit a splash HR
See them now:'s Top 100 Prospects
Florida squares off against LSU in College World Series championship
Start your own season by purchasing R.B.I. Baseball
Robinson Cano: Me in Real Life
Joe Blogs: Bunting your way to happiness
Grichuk's 478-foot HR sets Cards record
Bellinger slugs 2 homers, makes 4-star catch
Watch this Cardinals fan make an impressive catch ... using her purse
Myers finds #ASGWorthy swing vs. Tigers
It's not too early to ponder Astros-Dodgers WS
Rangers ride 3 HRs, hold off Yanks in finale
Orioles rally past Rays with 3 in 9th
Kenley Jansen's RBI double impressed everyone … including Cody Bellinger
Keuchel likely won't return until after ASG
Hicks injures oblique, could miss 3-4 weeks
Statcast of the Day: Bautista's moonshot
Brewers claim catcher Vogt off waivers
Osuna returns with strong 9th inning
R. Rivera homers twice as Mets sweep Giants
Waino wants to see Wacha vs. The Freeze
Replay review mixup leaves Mariners confused
Gray sharp as A's rally to beat White Sox
Eight was enough: Tigers end losing skid
Adeiny talks active; Rays the front-runners
Conforto exits with bruised hand after HBP
Giants fan Stow 'looks great' in visit to ballpark
Angels edge Red Sox to claim series win
Feldman, Gennett deliver as Reds snap skid
Adam Rosales sprinted around the bases in 15.88 seconds, besting his own home run 'trot' record
Bumgarner hits off tee as rehab progresses
Shaw hit a moonshot to right-field pavilion


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 trying to swing a bat at age of two.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