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


Spring in his step, Verlander forces Game 7
Just-win Verlander: Astros loving newest ace
Astros go with Morton for decisive showdown
Dress for October: Get postseason gear
George Springer's catch robbed Todd Frazier of extra bases and possibly saved the Astros season
Happy home? Astros can join history with another win
History of Game 7: Everything you need to know
Yankees' offense stalls vs. crafty Verlander
Justin Verlander's pitch was so good, Todd Frazier thought it was a ball and struck out swinging
Roberts proving Dodgers found right man for job
Glory days here again for Dodgers
Yanks confident giving ball to CC in Game 7
McCann, Altuve awaken Astros' offense
Postseason sked: World Series times set
For Astros, all arms on deck for Game 7
DYK? Records fall in raucous ALCS Game 6
MLB.TV Postseason Package available now
ALCS Game 6: Hinch postgame interview
Take a walk down postseason memory lane
Judge breaks up shutout with massive homer
Postseason Picture: Track the bracket
World Series on FOX: Tune-in, start times set
A's help replace 9-year-old fan's memorabilia
ALCS Game 6: Verlander postgame interview
Missed chances in fateful seventh sink Yanks
Yankees-Astros ALCS Game 6: In Real Life
WATCH: 'Houston's Fortune' details Astros' rise
First pitch glides in for NBA great Drexler
Bar raised on North Side, Cubs begin '18 prep
Murphy has microfracture surgery on right knee
Baker won't return as Nationals manager
Memories of '88 return with LA in World Series
Photo: Vin Scully enjoys Dodgers' big win
Kahnle a postseason force for Yankees
Passion for hitting fuels Martinez's success
Blue Jays' Zeuch puts up more zeros in second AFL start
Hollywood & Vines: LA wins NLCS at Wrigley!
Dodgers latest top seed to reach World Series
Trio grand! Hernandez has 3-HR, 7-RBI clincher
Tigers, Gardenhire finalize 3-year deal
The Dodgers, Tommy Lasorda and Vin Scully celebrate team's first pennant in nearly 30 years
Petricka undergoes surgery on right elbow
Cubs' Vosler comes up big with walk-off triple in AFL
Rox prepare prospects for Coors' challenges
Puig: "I want to be an owner of one bar'
Cubs proud of season as repeat quest ends
SF names Bell director of player personnel
Whoooo would show for Game 7? Ric Flair!
Cardinals' Knizner belts two homers in AFL
Inbox: How do Braves plan to navigate winter?
The B.O.A.R.D.: The Dodgers win the pennant
Brewers' Harrison homers twice, including slam, in AFL
Inbox: What will Cron's role be with Angels?
Turner, Taylor share NLCS MVP honors
Magic Johnson watched Enrique Hernandez's grand slam from Staples Center and had an amazing reaction
World cLAss! Epic NL title for Dodgers
A.J. Hinch 'feels horrible' for the Yankees and the fact a day off might affect their momentum
Dodgers 1st to earn home advantage for Series
WS berth one of Kershaw's 'best moments'
Cubs shouldn't hang their heads
DYK: Records toppled in NLCS Gm. 5 clincher
Despite NLCS loss, Cubs still set for future
After Enrique Hernandez hit his third home run, Yasiel Puig was scared to high-five him
Roberts, Dodgers seeing fruits of their labors
Game 5 broadcaster Ron Darling was the losing pitcher the last time the Dodgers won the pennant
LA pleased to beat 'incredibly talented' Cubs
Cubs salute Dodgers after falling in NLCS
Javier Baez fist-bumped Austin Barnes and looked super cool after striking out
Cora in mix for Sox manager, but no decision
Roberts encouraged by Seager's recovery
For 25th anniversary, 'Homer at the Bat' feted
Inbox: Will Cubs' Alzolay enter Top 100?


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 in the new red Washington Senators' uniform.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