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


Leap Cog! Dive over C part of wild Jays W
Trea-cycle: Young Nat uses wheels for feat
Keuchel, Reddickulous catch KO Cleveland
Kershaw avenges loss to Blach with gem
MLB.TV: Watch every night on every device
Thames sets club record with 11th April HR
Roaring Tigers offense scores 19 to rout M's
Father of Carew's donor throws out first pitch
Report: Jeter, Jeb Bush close to buying Marlins
Stroman's double leads to Toronto win in 11th
Team stats that are utterly unsustainable
Cubs, Lester face rival Pirates on MLB.TV
Play Beat the Streak for a shot at $5.6 million
Felix heads to team physician, MRI in Seattle
Statcast of the Day: Keuchel owns low zone
Angels edge A's on Calhoun's walk-off in 11th
See them now:'s Top 100 Prospects
Hendricks outduels Cole as Cubs edge Bucs
Start your own season by purchasing R.B.I. Baseball
Altuve, Hernandez exit after outfield collision
Joe Blogs: Thames, Thames, Thames, Thames
Dodgers promote top prospect Bellinger
Bumgarner won't need surgery on shoulder
Judge's path to Majors began at Fenway
Bucs unveil 'Team of the Game' initiative
Morosi: M's shouldn't reverse course yet
Giants to miss Crawford for at least 2 days
Duffy can't let balk call 'slide' after tough start
Reddick pulls back homer, stunning Kipnis
Rays' bullpen throws two-hit shutout vs. O's
Ervin stays hot, Twins' bats erupt vs. Texas
Goldy, Corbin lead D-backs past Padres
Turner's cycle, Nats' bats cool off Rox rally
Nationals jump to top of Power Rankings
Dodgers tab Urias to start San Francisco finale
Worth the wait: Thames T-shirts available
Price on track to face hitters Saturday
Yost wishes Earnhardt Jr. well in retirement
Heyward: No preference for placement in OF
Yankees-Red Sox series opener washed out
Possible No. 1 Draft prospect McKay hit 4 HRs
Rain washes out Braves-Mets series opener
Cards' Carpenter serves 1-game suspension
Phillies-Marlins series opener rained out
A's starter Graveman to return from DL Thursday


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


Cal Ermer, George Case, VP Hubert HumphreyMax 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