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


50 ways to plan for a super MLB season
The most impactful addition in each division
Scout reminisces about signing Elway, Lynch
Venezuela, Mexico reach Caribbean final
Close friends Betts, Bogaerts poised to lead Sox
Angels coloring book will help you relax
Goldy always looking to improve routine
Caribbean Series has place in Cooperstown
Report: Chavez wins arb case, to earn $4M Top 100 Prospects list
SoE: Kris Bryant and the sophomore slump
Spring cleaning: Rockies gear shipped
New, cooler spring jerseys, caps available
Cubbie scare: Sharks swim by Kris Bryant
Hot Stove Tracker: Free agents and trades
King of Crash course: Top 10 Ruth statistics
Garcia to bid farewell in Caribbean finale
Love of baseball resonates with Broncos' Harris
Arrieta, Cubs reportedly reach one-year deal
Best of the rest: Top FAs need homes
Can we guess who your Super Bowl team is?
Brisbane captures first Australian Baseball title
Prepare for the rally machine Jung Ho Kang
Ex-manager Wedge joins Blue Jays' front office
X (10) Super baseball things from 50 years ago
Celebrate Babe Ruth's birthday with this photo of him singing 'Happy Birthday' to himself
Blue Jays hoping to swing deals with sluggers
Puig, Lazarito take in Caribbean Series game
Top Cuban prospect Gurriel Jr. dreams of MLB
Pickles Pub hosts Babe's Birthday Bash
Equipment trucks head south for Spring Training
Crane ready for another Astros playoff run
Wondering who will win Super Bowl 50? The Yankees have made their predictions
Miggy's bat on par with Hammerin' Hank's
Cardinals in Asia: Oh just first step
Aaron documentary premieres on 82nd birthday
O's agree with closer Britton, avoid arbitration
Roberts: Reflecting on Jackie's influence
Hammer timeless: On birthday, Aaron's feats still awe
Fearsome 5: Statcast's hardest-hitting lineups
Beckham rooting for good friend Cam
Giants' annual FanFest set for Feb. 13
Around the Horn: A's bullpen gets winter renewal
Clock ticking on locking up Donaldson
Piniella returning to Reds as senior adviser
A's coach Jensen proud to share heritage
Royals' Davis tops list of best relievers
Kendrick happy to be back with Dodgers


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


Cal Ermer, George Case, VP Hubert HumphreyMax 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