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


Everybody wins-day: 7 day games, 8 at night
Smoak hits tying HR in 9th, walk-off in 10th for Jays
Cain you dig it? KC walks off in 9th vs. Nats
VOTE: Cast this summer's starring roles
Arrieta grande: Big Jake (6-0) still undefeated
Aces all day for MLB.TV's packed slate
#ASGWorthy: Yadi, Buster again in NL mix behind plate
Quintana quiets Red Sox as Abreu stays hot
Trumbo, Tillman push Yanks' skid to 6 games
Giants slip past Reds with eventful 8th frame
SoE: Hobson at peace with baseball career
A-Rod to get MRI after injuring hamstring
Astros ride two big blasts to win over Twins
Thompson's 4 RBIs spark Dodgers past Rays
Ichiro pinch-hits, plates Marlins' go-ahead runs Top 100 Prospects list
Indians pounce on Verlander to claim opener
Howard HR lifts Phillies over Cardinals
Papi to re-enact emotional '13 speech for film
Jake the great: Amazing run for Arrieta
Wisler takes no-no into 5th; Braves top Mets
Superb Samardzija leads Giants to victory
Francisco treat: Lindor leads with bat, glove
Rally gives Royals much-needed boost
Abreu's bat sizzling after early fizzle
Smoak's fire tops GIFs of the Day
Rizzo, Matz may lead stars in day-heavy slate
Martin adds surprise jolt to Mariners' power surge
Moncada, Benintendi among top prospect performers Tuesday
Wallace leads way as Padres stun Rockies
Mariners crush Gray, A's as Kuma cruises
Dodgers' slumping bats come alive vs. Rays
Guerra's remarkable journey takes him to win column
Harvey still looking for answers after loss
Gomez more than makes up for lost time
Nola runs scoreless streak to 20 innings
Trumbo showing no signs of slowing down
Strasburg seemingly will benefit from 2012 call
Iwakuma fires efficient gem in long-awaited win
Cashner's grit paves way for Padres' comeback
Harper: A lot to learn from Negro Leaguers
Mallex's first 3B becomes first HR after review
Erlin needs Tommy John surgery
Bour dislocates finger on slide into second
Hamilton leaves early with jammed left thumb
Left thumb injury doesn't stop Moustakas
Harper's UA pact reportedly largest for MLBer
Tillman baffling batters with entire arsenal
Draft prospects with rising, falling stocks
White Sox season too magical to keep Danks
McCullers may join Astros in Boston


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


George Case sliding into third.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