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


Napoli triples the quota for belly laughs
JBJ's streak: 28, halfway to Joltin' Joe!
Miggy delivers praise of the day on a K
VOTE: Cast this summer's starring roles
Nats blast 5 HRs as Stras improves to 8-0
Tomlin 7-0 as Tribe denies Sale 10-0 start
Cubs' 15-hit attack polishes Hammel's gem
Eovaldi, Yankees 2-hit Jays, return to .500
Segura leaves after being hit in helmet by pitch
Springer 'fry' ball takes the cake stand
SoE: Baseball's Biggest Surprises (So Far)
Justin Grimm's between-the-legs snag is something we all can believe in
Verlander fans 10 Phils; Miggy plates pair
Perez's HR, Cain's 4 hits push Royals past Twins
Mets to discuss when Harvey will start next Top 100 Prospects list
Tulo pulls himself out of game with tight quad
Aledmys covers half the field for sliding catch
Pirates rout D-backs behind Polanco's 5 RBIs
Hanley exits after taking pitch to toe
Timely knock by DiMaggio gives Yanks win
K-Rod: 'Never expected' 400 saves as kid
Rangers one step closer to new ballpark
Rasmus ejected for arguing called 3rd strike
Crew Scoots way to win in pitchers' duel
A-Rod has 2 hits at Double-A, reports no setbacks
Texas eyes 85-90 pitches for Yu's debut
Trout in familiar spot atop WAR charts
Teheran notches rare 4-strikeout inning
Zimmermann may need to hit disabled list
Pagan goes on DL; Giants call up Parker
Gibbons ready to have just a normal week
Heyward deemed ready, back in Cubs' lineup
DYK: Inside Bradley's hitting streak
Giants concerned for ex-mate Vogelsong
J. Upton likely to rest right quad until Friday
Myers gets day off after tweaking forearm
Papi's 4 RBIs back Price as Sox handle Rox
Astros confident Keuchel will find Cy form
Gordon aims to get healthy, help Royals win
It appears Stanton's bat has awoken
Van Slyke could return after road trip
Gwynn family addresses media following suit
Ryan shows full support for Molitor, coaches
Proud grandfather Snitker relishes time with family
Severino to rehab at Tampa; 6-man rotation coming?
Unlikely offense recharges Rays in win
Vogelsong on DL with fractures, 'in good spirits'
Mets' Flores plays first base in first rehab game
Maddon confident Rizzo will get through funk
Orlando proving to be offensive force for KC
Sanchez gets extra rest; Happ to start Thursday
Ozuna reaches safely in 31st straight game
Blue Jays continue to bring Travis along slowly
Red Sox's 'pen loses Smith to Tommy John surgery


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