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


Dodgers acquire righty Norris from Braves
Races narrow as All-Star vote reaches final day
Marlins land Rodney in trade with Padres
Kershaw heads to DL with back issue
Tribe seeking club-best-tying 13th straight win
O's go for June home run record on MLB.TV
Braves reflect on military ties ahead of Fort Bragg Game
Today's starting lineups: June 30
No DH for Bumgarner: Ace to bat vs. A's
Matz's elbow already causing changes to his game
SoE: Buy, sell or hold at the Trade Deadline?
Last day to cast your All-Star vote!
Tribe umph! Indians' streak strikes 12
Pederson only has bruise, but may go on DL
2016 Draft: Signing and Bonus Tracker
Bogaerts has left no doubt he belongs at Midsummer Classic
#ASGWorthy Murphy torments Mets with 2 HRs Top 100 Prospects list
Myers aims to build off of monumental month
Price can perform better for slumping Sox
DiMaggio passes Sisler for AL hit-streak record
Fort Bragg trip hits home for Yelich
#TBT: Cards, Padres meet in Hawaii
Yanks push CC to Monday; Green starting Sunday
Power rally: Yanks walk off with 6 in 9th
Sonoma Stompers make history, ink 2 women
New ballpark officially named Fort Bragg Field
Rangers weighing needs in rotation vs. bullpen
Nats sweep Mets behind Scherzer, Murphy
Samson honored Marlins chosen to play at Fort Bragg
Giolito talks about the start to his MLB career
O's tie MLB record for most HRs in June
Altuve remains an iron man, and a productive one
Braves' Cabrera in Aroldis territory at 103 mph
Pirates radio broadcaster Bob Walk leaned back a bit too far in his chair and ... whoops
Down to the wire, some races too close to call
Albies moved to Double-A, will play next to Swanson
Hamels deserves All-Star Game start
Dodgers waiting on Kershaw update
Esky, Royals out-Whit, outlast Cards in 12th
Cubs start fast, rip 3 HRs to sweep away Reds
Bucs come alive as Taillon silences Mariners
Homer-happy A's cruise past Giants
For first time since big trade, Shields delivers
Source: Astros work out Cuban star Gurriel
Guerra shuts down Dodgers as Braun surges
Bell, Smith among top prospect performers Wednesday
Freeman breaking his bat leads top GIFs
Pair of Cards' bats set to do big damage
Dozier sets mark with XBH in 10th straight game
Pipeline preview: Honeywell looks to continue stellar run
For Yanks, happiness is a walk-off home run
Piscotty dealing with bruised left ankle
White Sox hold off Twins, net Shields 1st Chicago W
Another Adrian Beltre homer, another head-touching conga line awaiting him in the dugout
Dodgers' starting pitching depth being stretched thin
Braun bashes to pad #ASGWorthy case
Hamilton injured on Rizzo's inside-the-park HR
D-backs won't decide on DL for Greinke until Friday
Panik on disabled list with concussion
Puig OK after crashing into wall on HR
Clevenger fractures right hand on foul tip
MLB documentary 'The Bird' debuts in Detroit
A-Gon tossed after check-swing strikeout
Astros interested in moving affiliate to Fayetteville
Trumbo making late push for All-Star votes
Arenado, Story gain ground in ASG voting
Posey passes Molina in starting All-Star bid
Deja vu: Astros cap 2nd straight sweep of Angels
Strained hamstring sends Cain to disabled list
Orioles win 7th straight, tie June HR record
Tigers ride 4-run 1st, trio of HRs over Marlins
Rizzo circles bases for inside-the-park homer
Blue Jays conquer Rox behind Sanchez, Donaldson
Moore spins gem as Rays blank Red Sox
Phils edge D-backs in 10 to seal sweep
Vincent hits DL as lefty Miley returns
Hoffman, Winfield to lead All-Star parade in San Diego


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 at the top of his wind-up - Iowa Oaks, 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