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


Yanks ride Sevy, Sanchez to Subway sweep
Reds' 9-run 2nd, Ervin HR top 6 Cubs HRs
Descalso hits D-backs' 3rd inside-the-parker
Beltre uses spin move on pickoff attempt
Corbin 1 out shy of CG as D-backs blank Astros
Players Weekend nearly put Gray in a 'Pickles'
Twins homer late to halt Tribe's win streak at 6
Manfred: Youth initiatives essential for game
Donaldson, Smoak dingers lift Jays over Rays
Excitement builds for 1st Little League Classic
Ranking each franchise's HR records
New Play Ball Park already a hit at LLWS
Hey Red Sox fans, guess who was back on the mound in full uniform on Thursday?
Inbox: Who will lead the 2018 Top 100 list?
New England, Southwest win LLWS openers
MLB.TV: Watch every night on every device
Deals not done: A guide to waiver trades
MLB Pipeline's midseason Top 100 like none before
Arenado exits with hand injury; X-rays negative
Lester allows 9 runs, exits with left lat tightness
LLWS has Bucs reflecting on playing as kids
Archer tosses 1,000th career K, 200th of season
Joe Blogs: Giancarlo
Luis Severino's first career hit sent the Yankees dugout into a frenzy
Rosenthal placed on DL with elbow irritation
Pirates place Cervelli on DL, recall Moroff
Buxton adding offense to elite defense, speed
Marisnick reveals story behind 'Big Fudge'
D-backs take licking, but keep on ticking
Fan makes epic barehanded grab on Ender Inciarte's solo home run
Ramirez feels better after HBP; X-rays negative
Hot wire: 10 men to pluck off fantasy waivers
Hit the showers! 6 of MLB's weirdest ejections
Pipeline Preview: Kopech a must-watch for Birmingham
Miller to be activated from DL on Friday
Adversity no roadblock to resilient Rox
'What is that?' Slowest pitch in MLB a doozy
Baez, Cubs excited for Players Weekend fun
Puig makes a World Series promise
Gomes leads charge as Tribe win opener
Dodgers need to enjoy magical ride
How Sale found a new gear for historic season


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