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


D calf: Pitcher's carom-shot catch is hot!
Odor's redemption is Rangers' walk-off win over M's
Te-ball: Former QB displays pop at showcase
Manny milestone, Wieters HR as O's clip Jays
Jones' 1st hit lifts Tigers in Kinsler-led rally vs. Sox
Cy low? Cubs' Hendricks' ERA now 2.09
Unknown team claims Puig off waivers
Indians, A's close to deal for Crisp
Rad Max: Scherzer fans 11, flirts with no-no
Grandy homers twice as Lugo, Mets cruise over Marlins
Eaton doesn't fall for Upton's fakeout
Rangers build strong clubhouse bond with pingpong
Grichuk delivers late again in Cardinals win
To the races: MLB postseason schedule announced
Puig among last-minute trade candidates Updated Top 100 Prospects list
Kershaw throws sim game, nears rehab stint
Big Papi's latest gift: a massive corn maze
Royals' playoff push rewarding Moore's faith
Astros stifle A's, keep pace in Wild Card race
Davis leads Indians' comeback over Twins
Rays stun Red Sox with pair of clutch HRs
Walker's back issue could end his season
Machado youngest O's player to 100 homers
Matz scratched from Thursday start with shoulder irritation
Reds have deal with Cuban right-hander Gutierrez
There was a Royals fan dressed as a giant bird with a praying mantis on his head at Kauffman Stadium
Swanson's 3 RBIs help Teheran get 1st home win
Potential gems among upcoming free-agent pitchers
Rain forces doubleheader on Wednesday
No. 9 Tigers prospect Jones promoted to bigs
Here are all the best tweets about Tim Tebow's workout, in one place
Urias to start Friday; Baez optioned to Double-A
Cole confident he will return this season
Yanks get 2 prospects to complete Nova deal
Defensive 'backbone' Pedroia returns to lineup
Garcia to be rested with right knee soreness
Cubs flip Hammel, Montgomery in rotation
Keith Hernandez has figured out how to use the telestrator and no one is safe
Teixeira thrilled as Tebow draws comparisons
Pence returns after hamstring flareup
CarGo, Verlander set to excel Wednesday
Miller rejoining D-backs' rotation
Ranaudo, Robertson pitching in for Louisiana
MLB, MLBPA donate to support La. flood victims
Rasmus homers, turns DP in return to Astros
Yanks believe Judge will get going at the plate
Vizcaino lands on DL with shoulder inflammation
Bean throws first pitch at Phils' Pride Night
Schimpf helping with Louisiana flood relief
J. Garcia leaves Cuba, hopes to join MLB
Mets recall Verrett, option Montero to Triple-A
Optimistic Brantley says rehab not mishandled
Shreve called back up, Yates optioned in bullpen shuffle


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