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


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Hall-time greats: Piazza, Griffey enshrined
Big shoes to fill: Altuve pays tribute to Junior
Windy City rivalry renewed tonight on MLB.TV
In a pinch! Reimold's homer walks O's off
Sale suspended five days by White Sox
Week Ahead: Rumors heating up summer
Griffey caps humbling day in own unique way
Yankees net MLB-best third Bullpen of Week honor
Rays of admiration for HOFer Griffey
Cubs atop first post-break Power Rankings
Dodgers pounce on Cards rookie, close to 3 back
Cubs' bullpen revamp could include Chapman
2016 Draft: Signing and Bonus Tracker
Astros calling up top prospect Bregman
Check out sights, sounds from HOF Sunday Top 100 Prospects list
Porcello 10-0 at home as Sox fend off Twins
Post-HOF goal for Ken Griffey Jr.: Rematch game of H-O-R-S-E with Rickey Henderson
White Sox walk-off on Tigers twice in 4 hours
Mets take crucial series in Miami behind Matz
Yankees stun Giants with rare DP combo
Ken Griffey Jr. put on a fashion master class with his amazing custom HOF suit
5-run 7th leads Cubs to series win over Crew
Joyce, Frazier HRs help Bucs edge Phils
Butler's blast lifts A's past Rays for series win
Hall of Family: Griffeys soak up induction
Tomas leads HR parade as D-backs top Reds
Once again, Carlos Villanueva fooled Jayson Werth on a majestic, 55-mph eephus pitch
Trumbo, Edwin may flash big power tonight
A Mets Minor Leaguer flipped over the dugout railing to make an incredible catch
Beltran, Teixeira homer to back Eovaldi in win over Giants
Padres storm past Nationals late in slugfest
Russell exits vs. Crew with left heel contusion
Watch this Pirates fan teach a class on how to make a great barehanded grab
Family, fans at heart of Piazza's Hall moment
Listen to Ken Griffey Jr. explain why he wasn't mad when his son destroyed the family TV with a bat
Lopez among top prospect performers Sunday
Pedro Alvarez's inadvertent heads-up play sets up Orioles' walk-off win
Storen designated for assignment by Toronto
Prospect Glasnow placed on 15-day DL
Mike Piazza's first memory of Ken Griffey Jr: Getting 'robbed' of a hit
Rockies to promote prospect Dahl
Chen put on DL; Cosart steps in Monday
White Sox get quick resolution on Eaton's walk-off
Giants continue to monitor relief market
Skaggs set for first start in nearly two years


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


Aerial view of Honolulu Stadium (aka The Termite Palace), home of the Hawai'i Islanders.   Photo taken in the 1960s.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