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


Wait of the World: Cubs win NL pennant!
No drought: Cubs put curse, Kersh to rest
Goat of confidence! Cubs like WS chances
Get gear: Go, Cubs, going to World Series!
C to shining C! Cleveland awaits Cubs
71-year itch: Cubs' pennant long overdue
Hendricks a rock star: G6 start legendary
Fly The WS! Rarefied air for Wrigley, fans
Lester, Baez share MVP honors
Chappily ever after: Final outs for the ages
Start times set for World Series
Next year is here! Screams like old times
Celebrate the Cubs' first pennant since 1945 with these photos of the whole city partying
Famous fans weigh in on '16 WS
Watch World Series games on MLB.TV
Oct. 22 Kyle Hendricks postgame interview
Statcast of the Day: Cubs get to Kershaw
Vote for Best Manager, Exec in MLB Awards
Soak in all the joy as the Cubs celebrate their first World Series appearance since 1945 Updated Top 100 Prospects list
Title time: Cubs, Indians meet eyeing end to World Series droughts
Oct. 22 Joe Maddon postgame interview
Oldest Indians champion rooting for new winners
For Merullo family, Cubs' World Series run 'beautiful'
Dodgers left to ponder what went wrong
Schwarber to AFL; World Series a possibility?
'This is our year': Tribe fans confident vs. Cubs
LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are planning 'a nice bet and more' regarding the World Series
Did you know? NLCS Game 6
Catch this: Cubs' catchers make HR history
Series-bound Cubs praise Kershaw, Dodgers
Dodgers: Cubs deserving of World Series berth
Javier Baez wanted to catch a popup so much he took one away from Anthony Rizzo
Loss to Cubs leaves 'sour taste' for Dodgers
Trouble with the curve: Kershaw can't follow script
Cubs' long history of 'curses'
Toles' error compounds Dodgers' fielding woes
Critical free-agent decisions await Dodgers
Schwarber shakes off rust in Fall League debut
For every challenge, Tribe has found solution
Cubs get to Kershaw early in NLCS clincher
Former Cubs Soriano, Wood on hand for Game 6
Haul of fame: Gifts rolling in for Merritt home
Doby, Paige highlight special 1948 World Series
How baseball has changed since 1908
Whereabouts of Tribe's '48 title pennant remains a mystery
A Cleveland chalk artist created a 'Rally Together' mural in honor of the Indians
Hall of Famer Bunning recovering from stroke
Draft prospects on display at WWBA World Championship
VOTE: MLB Awards honor game's best


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  a link to his artwork. Thanks for visiting.

Baseball Memoir by Dave Baldwin, Snake Jazz